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Coming out of the closet about depression and postpartum depression

Originally posted October 10, 2012.

I’m re-posting a previous blog that I wrote for World Mental Health Day.

As I said before, as an LPC, I could write another professional blog about treatment options or family dynamics; like outline a specific self-care relaxation, expressive or cognitive re-framing exercise.

But, online, I was skirting around telling my own personal story.

And last year I made a careful personal decision to out myself.

I am a depression and postpartum depression survivor.

As a licensed professional, I’ve gotten flack around the web for outing myself.

You know, as we say in the therapy biz, don’t SHOULD on me.

Because I’m in excellent company.

Two of my heroes are the distinguished Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D., and Peter C. Whybrow, M.D. They are both high-functioning mental health professionals and are brave enough to out themselves and dispel the myths and the stigma about mental illness.


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