One aspect of depression and postpartum anxiety that does not receive much attention is the anger that accompanies these problems. People who experience this anger may feel overwhelmed and confused, and it can be a scary scenario. Today's guest shares her story of how she went through postpartum depression, anxiety and anger, and how she uses her healing process to help other moms today.
Jen Gaskell is a quality professional who works full time outside the home. She and her husband live near Milwaukee with their two daughters, ages 8 and 11. Jen used her writing and her blog to help navigate her journey through depression and postpartum anxiety. She was a former co-producer of Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee, where she was part of the inaugural cast of Milwaukee telling her PPD story. Jen has written for Postpartum Progress and was a member of her editorial team for three years. Jen was the leader of the Climb Out of the Darkness team for Milwaukee for four years. She helps lead a group of local mothers on Facebook who have gone through postpartum mood disorders and recently became a volunteer for the PSI helpline.
How Jen struggled with depression and postpartum anxiety after the birth of her youngest son. When he didn't know who or where to turn to, he turned to Google to investigate his symptoms. How he knew he needed to see someone but he was afraid of having her. they took the children How Jen found a therapist and was able to get help quickly Signs at the beginning that told Jen something was wrong The pressure Jen exerted on herself due to gestational diabetes and the details of how to manage the risks How her anxiety became irritable during her pregnancy and then she became postpartum anger. The feelings of irritability and anger that Jen noticed. The key indicators that something was wrong. How Jen found out about her triggers and when to take a break. The fault Jen felt for needing a break from her children. The internal pressure of being "on top of things" all the time. How Jen learned to cope, especially writing in a diary and learning to be funny. Don't let others know the truth of how they feel. How Jen felt comfortable sharing her story to help others. The importance of normalizing the therapy process and the steps to improve Jen's message of hope to other mothers: "It's not you. Those negative thoughts aren't what you are. There's a lot of support available, so communicate. This is a condition. common, and it's treatable. It won't be like this forever. " Resources:
Twitter and Instagram: @jenrenpody
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Video credits to Mom & Mind YouTube channel