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Nobody Can Make You Feel Guilty

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 stop feeling guilty.

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Lunch Out Loud for PANDA

lunch out loud

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 educate the community about Perinatal Depression and Anxiety.

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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Blog Collection

perinatal depression and anxiety

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 that individual experiences with Depression and Anxiety can vary.

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6 Things I’ve learned about Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

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 about Perinatal Anxiety and Depression in that time, either things I just didn't know that I didn't know, or things that I had been completely wrong about.

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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week 2015

perinatal depression and anxiety

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 to me.

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My Secret Fight Against Anxiety

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

bonding with baby

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 I’ve hesitated because I don’t want anyone to think badly of me, or worse, feel sorry for me.Because this isn’t the story about how I struggled to bond with my son; this is the story of how I fell in love with him.

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R U OK?

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 4 people will experience anxiety.1 in 7 mothers will experience postnatal depression and 1 in 10 mothers will experience antenatal depression. Anxiety is likely to be as, if not more, common.

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The Countdown

birth story

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 didnt have "morning sickness" or many issues apart from a low lying placenta, which rectified itself by 32 weeks. I suffered from some reflux but I loved the whole experience.

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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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