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Mariko & Kasimir’s Journey

Mariko & Kasimir’s Journey

After an anxious pregnancy, Mariko developed depression after her daughter's birth. A recent immigrant from Japan, language difficulties and cultural differences contributed to her feelings of isolation. Her Canadian husband, Kasimir, supported her, but wasn't really sure how to help. However, he did what was most important for Mariko: he listened. After a long time, Mariko reached out for help and began to heal. As a result of their journey through PPD/A, they learned a great deal about themselves, each other, and their relationship. They now feel stronger and wiser.

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Brianna’s Journey

Brianna’s Journey

Brianna had an emotionally difficult pregnancy and experienced a traumatic birth. After her daughter's birth, her generalized anger, fear and anxiety became overwhelming. She knew about PPD/A, but realized that this wasn't quite what was happening to her. Once Brianna was diagnosed and began treatment for postpartum post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and found a PPPSS support group, her path to healing began.

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Allen: Allow him to help

Allen: Allow him to help

New mothers, especially those experiencing PPD/A, can sometimes be reluctant to let anyone else, including their partner, take care of their baby. Allen shares how allowing dad some time to care for the baby on his own can not only can provide a break for mom, but can be an important support for new fathers by allowing him the time and space to find his own strengths and make his own mistakes as a parent.

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Brianna: Getting better

Brianna: Getting better

Brianna shares how her sister helped to support her recovery by helping Brianna to see the good in herself.

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Brianna: Anger and PTSD

Brianna: Anger and PTSD

Brianna discusses the intense anger she felt as a result of postpartum PTSD, and the affect that anger had on her relationships. Although Brianna had PTSD, anger is a very common symptom of PPD/A as well.

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