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Risk of new-onset of severe mental illness higher in the postpartum period

Thursday, 12/7/2017

The risk of developing new-onset severe mental illness is higher in the postpartum period than any other time in women’s life. Postpartum bipolar is sometimes referred to as the "invisible postpartum mood disorder" as it is more rare and more likely to be overlooked than other postpartum mood afflictions. If you suffer from postpartum bipolar, there is help, there is treatment and there is recovery. Dyane Harwood can attest.…/dyane-harwood-postpartum-bipolar/

Model/TV Personality Chrissy Teigen Opens Up about her Postpartum Depression

Monday, 3/20/2017

Celebrity Chrissy Teigen opened up about her experience and struggle with postpartum depression in an essay for Glamour magazine's April 2017 issue. Teigen describes what many new mothers go through in the experience of postpartum, beginning with the dismissal of symptoms (such as irritability, low energy, frequent crying, and loss of joy in activities that previously brought happiness/fulfillment) as mere exhaustion after giving birth. In her essay Teigen also describes the toll had on her physically--aching bones, back pain, headaches, vomitting, inability to sleep, etc. By sharing her experience with PPD, Teigen hopes to bring awareness to this mental mood disorder while also letting other mothers know that they are not alone. Please check out the full essay at the link:

An Effective Alternative for Reducing Stress and Depression among African American Women

Monday, 9/12/2016

A Northwestern University pilot study found that mindfulness training can be used to alleviate stress and depressive symptoms among African American women with lower socio-economic status. Mindfulness training includes techniques such as sitting meditation, yoga, mental body scans, and practicing self-awareness. After participating in the study, thirty-one women reported gaining the ability to recognize stressful triggers in their lives; their bodies’ reaction to these triggers; and an overall improvement and increase in well-being. Utilizing mindfulness training to combat stress and depressive symptoms offers an alternative to conventional treatment (e.g. psychotherapy, medication), which are often stigmatized in African American communities while also being financially out-of-reach. For more information on the study and its results, please check out the full article:


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