There is such stigma surrounding postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. We do not want to be seen as "crazy" or as an unfit mother. We are neither of those. Rather we are mothers, fathers and families trying to work our way out of the dark. If we focus on a perfect world in pictures and worry about what others think of us we stay lost.
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I’m 39 and I’ve had Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder since I was 13. Most of that time struggling to live a life without any answers, wondering what’s wrong with me, battling depression, suicidal thoughts, and one suicide attempt. My struggle with PMDD cost me many friendships, romantic relationships, family members, and almost my life. Seeking knowledge in 2012, I came across a blog that described pmdd and it was at that moment I realized what was going on. I sought treatment which took on a whole new set of struggles, but I’ve found solid ground. Finally. After 26 years of emotional highs and lows. I’m now an advocate for women’s health and PMDD. I’ve earned my Master’s Degree, have a thriving career and I am the Board Chair for a the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. I’m sharing my story as a story of hope and resilience. There is help, there is hope, and it is possible to live a full, thriving, successful life with mental illness.
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