The Online PPMD Support Group

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Welcome to the Online PPMD Support Group
Welcome to the Online PPMD Support Group
Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs anyone can do, and having a mood disorder can make a hard job feel impossible. Many women experience some form of postpartum mood disorders. Having a mental illness is not a measure of your worth, social status, race or religion. Getting treatment is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength and bravery. Mental health in many societies is still often surrounded by misinformation and stigma.

Just as a diabetic has a problem with how her pancreas functions, so does a person with a mental disorder have a problem with how her brain functions. Hormones, genetics and brain chemistry all play a huge role in the onset of mood disorders. Environmental factors and personal experiences also impact an individual's mental health. Some people with mental health issues are able to function by monitoring their lifestyles alone (eating healthfully, staying hydrated, getting adequate rest and exercise, etc.), while others may require medication and talk therapy in addition to some modifications in how they live. This is similar to our diabetic example above in that some diabetics can manage their illness by altering their lifestyles alone while others require insulin injections in addition to changes in their day to day lives.

If you feel that you may be suffering from a postpartum mood disorder, please contact your doctor. Many women find it frightening to seek treatment, or feel a sense of shame at needing help. Remember that the brain is an organ in the body, just like any other part of your body. Understand that there is no more shame in seeking treatment for a brain disorder than there is when seeking treatment for any other ailment.

We hope the information gathered here will serve as a resource for you.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are in need of immediate help, please contact 1-800-SUICIDE
The National Hopeline Network serves as a wonderful "springboard" for finding help in your area. By calling their toll-free number, you will be routed to live support. The website also aids you in finding services in your area in non-crisis times.


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    The Online PPD Support Group web site, its posting boards, chat rooms, and email list is intended solely for informational and peer supportive purposes and is not a substitute for medical evaluation, treatment or consultation. Individuals with medical, mental or personal issues are strongly urged to seek advice from physicians and/or mental health professionals.

    The participants of The Online PPD Support Group, professionals and non-professionals, cannot give professional advice, diagnose, prescribe, or in any way treat Postpartum Mood Disorders on behalf of this website.

    Likewise, participants in the Chat Rooms and Message Boards of Online PPD Support Group cannot give professional advice, diagnose, prescribe, or in any way treat Postpartum Mood Disorders. Their sole function is to create a supportive and informational environment.

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    The personal stories featured within our website were authored by the individual unless otherwise stated. Other contents within this website are authored by the administrator. Any information gained from a specific resource will be duly cited.

    The founder, Tonya Rosenberg, is proud to support the following organizations:
    PSI of WA
    Postpartum Support International
    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
    National Mental Health Association

    Last Updated on
    MARCH 2, 2012
    Online PPMD Support Group 1999-2012

    Founder: Tonya Rosenberg
    Administrator: Jessica Banas and Venessa Nickel
    Assistants:Stefanie Belote, Kym Beyer, Peggy Miller, Heather Burnham , Melissa Crawford, and Lauren Roberts
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