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I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and it causes severe Anxiety. I did not get help for this until it got so severe after having my first child, that I got severe postpartum depression and did not want to live anymore. I published a book about my experience in 2012. I began revising it in 2019 and republished it as Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine in 2019. If you are wondering where the name comes from, I once had someone tell me that they bought someone a new dress so she would not get postpartum depression. If only it were that simple. I also regularly blog, mainly about parenting and mental health, and I am a regular contributor to the Mighty, a mental health website that has millions of followers. I have also had blogs published by MSN, Yahoo and News Break. I have also contributed to an article for The Huffington Post. I am a graduate of Auburn University, and now live in Calera, Alabama, with my husband, Jay, our daughter, Aubrie, and our two dogs, Honey Girl and Cooper. I hope to write more books in the future.
Top 100 postpartum depression paperback books and Kindle books on Amazon (my book is often on this list & has made it up to at least #26 before! It is updated every hour, so hard to keep up with sometimes, has also made it into the top 5 Motherhood & Pregnancy and Childbirth books on Amazon at times &the Audio Book has made it into the top 100 Books on OCD) https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/282839/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_books
Postpartum Depression Awareness Posters: If any of you work in a preschool/daycare, hospital, pediatrician or doctor’s office, or anywhere else new parents may go a lot, I encourage you to order these posters below or ask your employer to order them (or I think you can also print them for free from the site): https://www.postpartum.net/resources/psi-awareness-poster/
The estimates vary but it is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women experience baby blues the first two weeks after having a baby. These go away on their own but another 10 to 20 percent develop postpartum mood disorders such as postpartum depression, postpartum OCD or postpartum anxiety. Approximately 10 percent of men do as well. These men and women could be your spouse, your child, your parent, your sibling, your employee, your boss, your coworker or your friend. Sometimes men or women develop more than one and how long they last can often depend on how quickly they get help. Less than one percent of women develop postpartum psychosis which is what you normally see cases of on the news due to women harming themselves and/or their children. Even most women with this disorder do not harm themselves or their children. Usually the symptoms are more obvious, so it is caught earlier and they normally get help earlier. What this tells us is that most women get depressed if even for a short time after having a child, but most of them do not end up harming their child. The fear of people thinking they will harm their child is one big reason a lot of people do not get help sooner. They are scared to tell anyone and they feel ashamed for their thoughts, even if they cannot help it and do not act on them. It is actually more common for the mother to harm herself. Suicide is the leading cause of death in new moms. Others suffer for years, never acting on any possible suicidal thoughts, but suffering in silence while it often starts to affect their entire life including their physical health, their marriage, their job, and their relationship with everyone around them, including their children. I just want anyone going through this to know, you are not alone and you can get better. A lot of people do not want to talk about it because it is depressing, which is why my book has some humor in it and so do some of my blogs and posts on my pages. Learning to laugh about everything again was another step in healing for me. If mood disorders are not treated, the effects and aftermath can not only last years, the harm it does to individuals and families can last for generations to come.
I will donate at least 10% of the proceeds of this book to various charities and organizations in order to provide support for, and raise even more awareness of postpartum depression/anxiety/OCD and other postpartum mood disorders. When purchasing the book, if you purchase it through the smile Amazon site instead of just Amazon and select a charity, Amazon will donate an additional 0.5% of your purchase to whatever charity you choose. You can do this with all of your Amazon purchases. I currently have mine going to Postpartum Support International.