Category Archives: Mom’s mental illness

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My Story on HuffPost Today: Family Secrets: What My Son’s Diagnosis Revealed About Our Past

That’s the tricky part about family secrets. Their contents don’t have to be secret at all; as long as everyone agrees not to see or speak about what’s actually hiding in plain sight–like Grandpa’s likely suicide. Go to Huffington Post … Continue reading

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Eight percent of Californians need mental-health care – latimes.com

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This is the challenge ahead for those delivering newly created services with funding from the CA Mental Health Services Act, voted into being by voters in 2004 as Prop 63, as a 1% tax on millionaires. There’s a large back … Continue reading

From Los Angeles Parent_A Mother Knows: 10 Things You Can Do to Safeguard Your Child’s Mental Health

From the moment he was handed to me in the delivery room, Alex seemed not happy to be here. His eyes were bottomless, his expression grave. A dear friend of mine took one look at him and said he must be “an old soul.” He spent his first three months writhing and screaming inconsolably, the word colic wholly insufficient to describe our collective suffering. It wasn’t until six years later, after his brother Sammy arrived, that I realized just how different Alex was compared to other babies. Sammy cried only when he was hungry or wet. He made easy eye contact and loved to be stroked, hugged, and kissed – all the things Alex recoiled from as an infant.

via A Mother Knows: 10 Things You Can Do to Safeguard Your Child’s Mental Health.

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Maternal Depression and IQ – Child Psychology and Parenting Blog: Child-Psych.org

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This is a very personal subject for me, having waited until both my sons were in their teens to get treatment for my own depression. I want very much to inform other mothers of the risks and urge them to … Continue reading

Research shows a stronger link between SSRI use during pregnancy and pulmonary hypertension in infants. – NYTimes.com

Dr. Frieder believes that her patients are the ones most capable of assessing the risks and benefits related to their own conditions. This work will affect how she counsels her patients, but not what she recommends. “You are always going to try to treat them first with psychotherapy,” she said. “But if they are severely depressed, they are going to need medication.”

via Research shows a stronger link between SSRI use during pregnancy and pulmonary hypertension in infants. – NYTimes.com.

Important to have all the facts. Yes, there is a 3 in 1000 (infants) risk for pulmonary hypertension problems, which must be weighed against the risk of preterm birth and childhood depression if mother remains untreated…MentalHealthMomBlog.

“Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children” | Journalism Center on Children & Families

“Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children” | Journalism Center on Children & Families.

This is not a new report (2009) but it is extremely timely as more and more women must weigh the risks and benefits of staying on an antidepressant before, during and after pregnancy. Its recent research shows that only 15% of depressed mothers receive treatment for their depression — despite the negative impact of maternal depression on their child’s emotional and cognitive development. If you are seeking more information for yourself or for someone you love, check this out!