Originally posted January 26, 2013.
I’m re-posting my previous blog about my experience with postpartum depression for Stand Up For Mental Health.
As an LPC, I could easily write another professional blog about postpartum depression, treatment options or family dynamics. It would be along the lines of specific self-care exercises for relaxation, emotive expressive work or cognitive re-framing.
Online, I skirted around telling my own personal story.
And then, 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.
As far as self-revealing, 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.