>Postpartum Mood Disorders – My Story

>I survived terrifying struggles with Postpartum OCD, Postpartum Depression, and Postpartum Anxiety Disorder. I have written about my here before…recently I wrote a consolidated version of my stories for (In) Courage. You can read it here. Throughout this week I will be posting more information about Postpartum/Perinatal Mood Disorders. Please be encouraged to know that there is HOPE.

6 thoughts on “>Postpartum Mood Disorders – My Story

  1. >Hi Angela, I just discovered your blog today from (in)Courage, and I wanted to say thanks for sharing your story so candidly. I'm not a mother so I've never experienced PPMD, but it's really refreshing to see a Christian share her struggles with something like this so openly. I suffered from anxiety and OCD in relation to a health condition that I had, and I also wondered what was wrong with me and struggled with a lot of guilt about it as a Christian. I finally had to accept that it was a reality, hand it over to Jesus and say OK, I might not get over this today but if I can take a little step each day with you by my side maybe I'll get there. It taught me that OCD and anxiety are real issues that are not "just in our head" but can be caused by so many physical factors. Thanks again for sharing your story and inspiring all of us who have had similar struggles!

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  2. >Hi Angela,I just discovered your blog from (in)Courage today, and I wanted to say thanks for sharing your story. I'm not a mother so I've never experienced PPMD, but I did experience OCD and anxiety as part of a health condition I had. It's really refreshing to hear another Christian talk about something like this because I also had a lot of guilt and shame about it as a Christian. I kept wondering what was wrong with me and thinking maybe my faith could be stronger. I finally realized that I needed to have faith that Jesus knew what I was going through and would be with me through it, which was a big turning point for me. I was able to overcome a lot of it just taking it one small step at a time and addressing it head on like you talk about in your post. It's so good to hear the stories of other women like yourself who have experienced issues like this and who know it is a real physical thing and not just "in our heads." Thanks again for your inspiring and brave story!

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  3. >Thank you for so bravely sharing your journey. Praising God for His faithfulness in your life. While my journey was not as intense, my pregnancy with our daughter eight years ago and the next two years after her birth were very hard. I can only imagine what it must have been like to live your story.I was recently allowed to preview a manuscript by Jerusha Clark called "Living Beyond Postpartum Depression: Hope and Help for the Hurting Mom and Those Around Her" that will be published by NavPress next month. I think you would really appreciate Jerusha's approach as well, very much in keeping with the "how would I handle this if I had cancer" ideas! Her website is http://www.jerushaclark.com/jerushaclark.com/Bio.html in case you two want to connect. (I also forwarded your post along to her as I know Jerusha will be blessed by your story as well.)

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  4. >i commented on the full story over at inCourage, but just wanted to stop by here and say how generous it is of you to offer it to others. There is power in sharing our stories. It's real work for the teller and easily pushed aside. Those who follow all the way through and do it are……..hmmm…….fabulous?…..hmmmm……wonderful?……conduits of blessing! Yes!- Marilyn

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  5. >This is something I never understood until I had my fourth son. I suffered with Postpartum Depression and it knocked me off my feet. Thank you for being a resource. It's a powerful thing to know that "you can make it" and "you're not alone". 🙂 Susan

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  6. >I am going to read your post for sure. (Save it and read it in my own time). I suffered from post natal depression and anxiety, too!. Although it is not easy to admit. I had help from my homeopath doctor and from being closer to Jesus, through confession and communion. Be blessed.

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