Yesterday I had the honor of appearing on Megan Kelly TODAY, along with my husband and The Motherhood Center of New York, to discuss my experience with postpartum anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) continue to be widely misunderstood and stigmatized. I want to thank the team at Megan Kelly TODAY for bringing awareness to this important topic!
Since coming forward with my story, I am often applauded for being brave. I certainly appreciate this compliment, however, the truth is, there’s not a single ounce of me that feels brave. I attribute this to no longer being ashamed of my experience or afraid of judgment. PMADs can happen to anyone and are not a reflection of a woman’s strength, character, or ability to be a wonderful mother. At this point, sharing my journey does not feel any braver than sharing what I watched on television last night. In fact, my television habits are FAR more embarrassing!
I hope that sharing my story will help to dispel those myths and stigmas, and give other mothers permission to come forward and ask for help. According to The Motherhood Center of New. York, approximately 1 in 5 women will experience a PMAD – and that statistic only accounts for the women who come forward and are identified! This means that you are surrounded by women who are fighting or who have fought this battle, and you likely do not even know it.
With appropriate treatment, women can feel better. I will not stop telling my story until
every woman has access to the treatment they need and is able to request it without shame or fear.
Join me in changing and increasing the conversation around this important topic!
View my Megan Kelly TODAY show appearance by clicking HERE or watching the video below. Please help me share my story far and wide!