A Panel of Mental Healthcare Professionals Weigh in on Coping with Postpartum Depression
I’ve been blogging for almost 11 years. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that the reason I started blogging was because it served me as an outlet to cope with postpartum depression after having my first son.
Through the years, I’ve become very vocal about mental health. Maternal mental health especially. I believe that the more open we are and honest about this process, the more we can help each other. Motherhood is hard AF, but as our panelist explain, it doesn’t have to be.
I am passionate about connecting women to other awesome people and to the resources that simply make it easier for us to do the hard work we do.
I asked Geraldine “Gerry” Viggiani (Lotus Blossom Psychotherapy), Dr. Julie Davelman (Abrams Psychological Services), and Hilary Sheer (The Empowerment Center of New Jersey) to join me on this very powerful and honest conversation about coping with the challenges that come from becoming a mom, managing expectations, and what we can do to take action and move forward.
The support and encouragement from other strong, beautiful women in my life, was how I was able to flip the funk at a very dark time in my life. I was able to learn that I am capable of handling more than I ever thought myself capable of.
If you’re struggling, please know that there is help available. I hope you find comfort in our stories, their advice and reach out should you need to speak to someone. They are right here in our community:
Dr. Julie Davelman
Abrams Psychological Services
Suite 203 | Building A
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Hilary Sheer, LAC CTTS
The Empowerment Center of New Jersey
30 Freneau Avenue | Suite 2B
Matawan, New Jersey 07747
Empowered women, empower women. But first you have to find the courage and strength to ask for help. I promise you, it will come in boat loads. Need a visual? Here’s Pro Makeup Artist Lauren Vena, a fierce and fabulous example of a woman who also suffered from PPD and one day decided to turn her life around.
You’ve got this Chica! There’s an army of us here should you need us 👊🏽
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#TBT: So for some of you that didn’t know me 7+ years ago…Yes, that’s me on the 👈🏻. It was at one of my lowest points in my life. No, I was not pregnant. I had two babies under 2 and was going through #PPD. I didn’t exercise, l ate whatever I wanted, and I did not EVER leave my children for a minute. Until 1 day I realized when I tried to get up from sitting on the floor while playing with them, that I was out of breath… I had to change my life around. It took me 2 years to drop almost 90 lbs. Eating healthy and taking fitness classes, working with personal trainers to eventually teaching classes myself. Today, a little over 6 months of doing Mixed Martial Arts peeking through I see ABS!! WTF?!?! Acknowledging today that I’m not weak, in fact I am very strong, and I will continue to tell myself that everyday…Whatever journey you’re on, remember, you can do it -too 💪🏻 • #tbt #transformation #strongwomen #weightlosstransformation #strongmoms #fighterlife #fitnessmotivation #gymrat #thankful #mommy #momstrong #livingmybestlife #❤️💪🏼🥊