Mental Health Stories

Anxiety Attacks – What Not To Say (And how to really help)

I get you just want to help. I really do. This is no way a critism of anyone who's ever said any of these things to me. I really really understand you mean to be supportive, but sometimes it has the opposite affect.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Had Postnatal Anxiety

When I had Postnatal Anxiety with my first baby 8 years ago (actually his birthday is on Saturday!) there was so many things I just didn’t know that I didn’t know. I didn’t expect to need to know.

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Nobody Can Make You Feel Guilty

I read this article - Why I Refuse to Feel Guilty About Mum Guilt by Emily Hawker and I relate to every. Single. Word. of it. I knew I would from the title alone. As sick of feeling irrationally guilty about motherhood, I’m sick of being told I need to…

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Lunch Out Loud for PANDA

On Wednesday some friends and I hosted a small Lunch Out Loud event at our local, family-friend Cherry Hill Tavern with a group of friends and their children. Lunch Out Loud is a new initiative by PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) to raise awareness and funds to support and…

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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Blog Collection

It's Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week, and rather than just sharing my own experience with Postnatal Anxiety I wanted to give people the opportunity connect with a range of other voices, to show that if you are going through Perinatal Depression and Anxiety that you're not alone, and also…

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6 Things I’ve learned about Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

My own journey with Anxiety has been going on for 7 years - not continuously - but my anxiety does come back from time to time since my children were born (my son is 7 and my daughter is 3) and there are a lot of things that I've learned…

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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week 2015

So, this week is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (From the 15th to the 21st of November). I’m going to write a few posts on the topic and publish them throughout the week, but I thought I’d start by sharing a bit about why this week is really important…

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My Secret Fight Against Anxiety

In April 2014 I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is one of the most common health conditions in Australia. For men, anxiety is even more common than depression – 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some point

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Bonding with Baby – Love as a Journey

I’ve started writing about my experience of bonding with my son countless times, it’s something I’ve wanted to share, but I haven’t felt ready to share all of it. I've wanted to put it out there so that anyone who might have experienced it can know they're not alone, but…

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R U OK?

Today – and any day – is a good day to ask people that simple question; “R U OK” You might start a conversation that could change someone's life. According to Beyond Blue in Australia: 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some stage in their lives. 1 in…

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The Countdown

I am currently 35 weeks into my second pregnancy and although I have been using an app to help me keep track of my weeks, I am now starting the "it's so close" end of the line count down. My first pregnancy, with daughter Ayla, was uneventful and 'boring'. I…

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Blood Test for PND

As reported in the Telegraph, doctors in the UK have developed a blood test which may be an early indicator of post natal depression.

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Krystle’s PND Story

Krystle’s PND Story Before I begin the next part of my story, i want to clear up the misconception i had about PND. I thought mums who got PND hated motherhood, and hence became depressed. How wrong I was. I loved being a mum and I loved my son intensely.…

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