May is chugging along, which means school is winding down, spring is actually here, and Shavuot is just around the corner. But this cheerful, blossoming time of year also holds a more serious…significance: It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. As a literary fiction writer who focuses on mental health, this month is incredibly important to me: It’s a time in which we strive to broaden our understanding of mental illness and amplify the voices of those who struggle. One excellent way to do this is through writing and… >> Read More
While on the surface, it may seem like Gwyneth Paltrow has it all, but she's struggled too — specifically with postpartum depression. Which shouldn't be a surprise. Postpartum depression is…something many moms struggle with silently (about 11 percent of U.S. moms suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression). Paltrow recently opened up about her experience with PPD after the birth of her second child. The Jewish Oscar-winning actress talked to her own mother, fellow actress Blythe Danner, about the "dark place" she was in after the birth… >> Read More
Over the past few years, more and more awareness has been raised about postpartum depression — which is amazing.
But often times, moms with babies in the NICU are often sidelined in these…discussions. Apparently, some 70 percent of moms whose babies spend time in the NICU have signs of depression — and yet many don't receive treatment. In general, about 11 percent of U.S. moms suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD). NICU moms, unsurprisingly, suffer from postpartum mood issues at higher rates, according to a paper published at International Journal… >> Read More
For anyone who has suffered from postpartum depression, or has watched someone go through it, you know just how terrible it is. And considering some 11 percent of women suffer from postpartum…depression, you likely know someone who has been affected. And yet, less than 15 percent of those with PPD received help. Up until now, there hasn't been a medication that specifically helps PPD. While it largely mimics clinical depression, considering the hormonal differences, it's not quite the same. Plus, depression medication and current treatments for PPD… >> Read More
“Call me tomorrow sweetheart,” my mother said, groggily. “I just can’t today.”
I hung up disappointed. She was supposed to help me choose a new chicken recipe for a party at work. But I…knew her illness well. When I was eight, I first experienced how debilitating my mother’s problem was. “Come on mom, please get up!” I’d pleaded. It was my first lead in a dance recital, and my strict teacher held parents accountable for their child’s attendance. “Anyone who misses rehearsal is out," he warned. I shook… >> Read More