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Mental Health

A selection of posts about mental health. Featuring real stories from women who have dealt with depression and other issues, to resources for those who need them to news and information about specific disorders.

How to Write Daily Affirmations That Really Work

Daily Affirmations are simple, specific and positive statements declaring a completed goal. They sound very basic when described this way, however they are a way of visualizing an empowered future for yourself and can have an amazingly profound effect on the mind. In the simplest terms, affirmations are a way of tricking your mind into …

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The Truth About Postpartum Depression | My PPD Story

When it comes to Postpartum Depression, I feel like I’ve been through it all. Not only have I dealt with it after each of my children’s births, but I also suffered from traumatic Perinatal Depression, which is depression during pregnancy. Somehow, though, this time around, it took me a while to realize that I was suffering …

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Things You Should NEVER Say to a Mom Battling Depression

Depression before, during and after pregnancy is all too common. Whether you have longed for a child for years or you’ve been through it all before, depression can hit at any time. Sometimes it is expected because the mother has a history of mental illness, and other times it comes out of left field and …

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Self Care is Not Selfish – How to Put Yourself First

Chances are you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that moms are usually the most selfless people in the world. Whether you are a mom yourself and spend your days putting everyone else first, or you are someone who has seen and experienced a mother’s love and sacrifice, you know that moms all over …

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My Four Year Old Told Me He’s Going to Kill Himself, and I Had No Idea How to Respond

This past week has been hard. My worst fears were realized when my four year old answered my request for him to stop hitting his brother with, “I’m going to KILL myself. THEN you’ll be sorry!” Angry because he didn’t get his way during a temper tantrum, he shouted these words into my face, his rage evident …

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A Wave of Light – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

I don’t often talk about my own experience with miscarriage. I’ve had three in total, and each has hit me hard. When I was growing up, I didn’t want children. I saw myself as career-driven, wanting to make a difference to the world, and I thought kids were annoying and got in the way of …

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Complaining About Pregnancy – Offensive or Normal?

After two previous high risk pregnancies, a traumatic birth with my second son which culminated in me needing a blood transfusion, and a new pregnancy which has been riddled with pain, bleeding and much stress, forgive me for needing to get something off my chest… Coming from a family of five children, and all of …

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The Unlived Life

I don’t have a very compelling story to tell. My life, up to this point, probably stops short of mediocre, but I would definitely describe it as “unremarkable.” Of course, I have my share of dinner party anecdotes to tell, and Mark takes great pleasure in relating some of the more out of the ordinary …

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Depression, Suicide, Love And Redemption

WARNING: This post may contain triggers for those who have dealt with suicide or depression. Today I read an article that got me to thinking about my history of depression. The comedienne, Sarah Silverman has admitted that she would be afraid to have her own children for fear of passing on her depression to them. …

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