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Brianna: the anger brought on by 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.

Brianna: mothers can’t be loving all the time

Brianna discusses how the images of a perfect mother seen in the media do not reflect the real life, and how the idea that you “should” be happy all the time is particularly damaging for parents with depression.

Sheila: sleep deprivation and PMADs

Sheila Duffy, Director of Pacific Post Partum Support Society, talks about how it is vital that new parents get enough sleep because sleep deprivation is a big risk factor for PPD/A/

Postpartum depression: it’s not the baby blues

This video, created by KidCareCanada, discusses the difference between the sadness and anxiety (“the baby blues”) that is briefly experienced by many postnatal women and the extreme feelings associated with postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD/A). The baby blues often pass on their own, PPD/A requires treatment. In all cases, new mothers require caring support from the people around them.

Robin: developing intrusive thoughts

Robin tells her journey from postpartum depression and anxiety to healing and hope. Her story highlights the affect of disturbing thoughts (intrusive thoughts) and the role of support and self-care in her recovery.