Postpartum Depression – Stand Up for Mental Health Blog Hop

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.


Read: Coming Out of the Closet About Depression and Postpartum Depression