Currently I’m working through a hard season. I'm in a disease flare-up (severe exhaustion and pain) and a depressive episode. The two intermingle and make it a very difficult time mentally, emotionally and physically. The gravitational pull is hard to overcome and this is where self-care checklists feel almost impossible to accomplish. You're just in… Continue reading Returning to Work from Maternity Leave and Depression at One Year Post Partum.
Today I wanted to share one of the models I use on myself (and clients) to get unstuck, and out of funks. It is a beautifully simple yet profound model. The visual image of a spiral is important, because one of the most important parts of climbing out of a funk, is knowing when you… Continue reading How to Get Yourself out of a Funk or Climb out of a Downward Spiral.
So I was browsing the interwebs for information on anti-depressant medications from a student services point of view (I work as an advisor and many of my students take medications in the SSRI and SNRI categories.) I came across a Duke University Psychological Services Page that goes through Anti-Depressant Medication Questions & Answers. I thought it… Continue reading Taking Anti-Depressants on Maternity Leave
Why read this article? I talk about being high risk for post-partum depression (PPD), why the symptoms are not easy to pick up on until you have hindsight, the subtle barriers to getting help, what it's like taking SSRIs and a multi-pronged approach that worked for me. I had the most unbelievable, awesome experiences… Continue reading The Great Maternity Leave Essays: Treat Your Mental Health Like a Project!