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Adventures With Postpartum Depression
There's No Need To Be Ashamed
Category: Self-Help
Location: Pasadena
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by Courtney Novak
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November 05, 2018 04:54 PM PST

This week, I give an update on the past couple months of my life and the changes I have been making as I enter a new phase of my life. I have fully recovered and healed from postpartum depression, and my intuition told me that it was time to cease my involvement with the peer-to-peer postpartum support group that I started. That was tough. And then, my intuition told me it was time to stop producing new episodes for this podcast. That was an even more difficult decision to embrace. But here I am, finally posting what I believe is the last episode for this show. New listeners: the old episodes are not going anywhere! The interviews and stories are just as relevant and authentic as they were when they were first recorded. Old listeners: follow my latest adventures on IG @Courtney.Novak. Show notes will be available at PPDadventures.com. Thank you for listening. It has been an honor to do this work. I know that sharing my story and the stories of other women was a critical part of my recovery.

September 17, 2018 11:32 AM PDT

This week, Emily Souder shares her personal and professional stories on the show. Emily is the mother of two littles, ages one and three, and she shares her personal postpartum adventures, including a traumatic birth experience. She is also a licensed clinical social worker answering the call to work with mothers during their transition to motherhood. We also talk about her book, Birth Story Brave, which is a resource to help you writer your personal birth story. Her latest book, Birth Story Held, is a guide for doctors, midwives and doulas who need to process their experiences with their clients. I loved talking to Emily and I'm so excited to share her interview on the show today. This will be the final interview of the 2018 season (there will be one more episode to finish up the year) but if you would like to be interviewed for the 2019 season, please email Courtney@PPDadventures.com. Show notes are available at PPDadventures.com. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thanks, Emily, for coming on the show!

August 27, 2018 01:13 PM PDT

This week, Brandon shares his story of what it is like to support his wife Tyra during her second round of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. If you haven't listened to it already, Tyra shared her story in Episode 74. Thank you, Brandon, for your insights. Show notes will be available at PPDadventures.com. If you would like to share your story, email Courtney@PPDadventures.com. (There's just a few more weeks left of the 2018 season, but I'm still taking names for the 2019 season.) The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and I hope you have a wonderful week.

August 14, 2018 11:31 AM PDT

Hello, Adventurers! Pippa started kindergarten yesterday, so today, I'm thinking about my goals for the 2018-2019 school year. I'm also trying to figure out how involved I want to be at my kids' schools and how much time I want to keep for myself and my self-care. As I mentioned during the episode, I've been blogging almost every day. Blog posts related to maternal mental health are at PPDadventures.com. Everything else is at my new website, CourtneyHenningNovak.com. That's my little new world to figure out my interests and passions as I navigate motherhood. Next week, we are back with an interview - Tyra's husband Brandon shares his experiences as the dad. If you would like to share your story on a future episode, email Courtney@PPDadventures.com. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

July 31, 2018 08:01 AM PDT

This week, I talk with Dyane Harwood, author of the memoir Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder. Dyane's memoir is amazing, and I keep thinking about all the issues she discusses, from the financial constraints of recovery to the difficulty of finding the right medication (and psychiatrist!) and so much more. This is a memoir about bipolar disorder, but I think it will inspire any mother who has suffered from a mood disorder. Thanks, Dyane, for coming on the show and writing such a beautiful book! Show notes will be available on PPDadventures.com. If you would like to share your story on a future episode, email Courtney@PPDadventures.com. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and I hope you have a lovely week. p.s. Go buy Dyane's book and read it asap! It's just too wonderful to miss!

July 19, 2018 01:31 PM PDT

This week, Tyra Fainstad shares her story of postpartum depression and anxiety. Tyra suffered from PPD and anxiety after the birth of her daughter who is now 2 years old. When she got pregnant with her son, she did everything she could to prepare for and prevent a second round of PPD. When her son was born a few months ago, things seemed to be going well. With her daughter, sleep and breastfeeding had been big triggers for Tyra's anxiety, but for the first month postpartum with her son, these were not issues. But when her son was about six weeks old, he developed a minor health issue that triggered her old anxiety. Tyra is now in the throes of a second round of PPD and PPA. As a physician, she knows she should be taking Zoloft; but as a woman with PPD and PPA, she is struggling to do the things that she rationally knows will help her get better. Thank you, Tyra, so much for sharing your experiences with maternal mental illness while you are still in the worst days of it. I know your story will help countless women in the darkness as well as their loved ones who can get frustrated when they don't know how to help. Show notes will be available at PPDadventures.com. If you would like to share your story on an upcoming episode, email Courtney@PPDadventures.com. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and I hope you have a lovely week.

July 12, 2018 10:33 AM PDT

This week, Rita shares her story of postpartum depression and anxiety. Rita had a history of depression before she got pregnant. She felt anxious during her entire pregnancy. After her son was born, postpartum depression hit her immediately. Since watching the documentary When the Bough Breaks, she has wanted to help others moms with a maternal mood disorder. Thank you, Rita, for sharing your story on the show! Show notes will be available at PPDadventures.com. If you would like to share your story on an upcoming episode, email Courtney@PPDadventures.com. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

June 29, 2018 01:14 PM PDT

For the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing the audio version of my memoir, Adventures with Postpartum Depression. We made it! I've had a head cold and/or allergies, but at last, this is the final installment. In this final chunk, I read Chapters 26: Shameful and Chapter 27: Shameless (in which I chronicle my triumph over the shame I experienced as a result of having a mental illness); Chapter 28: There's Also a Podcast (in which I relate the origin story of this very podcast - which yeah, feels a little meta but what are you going to do?); and the Epilogue, which brings the story of my adventures with PPD to an end.

If you have finished and enjoyed the audio version of this book, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews really help other readers connect with the book and is an easy way to support my book and podcast. Now that it is summer, I will be taking a little break but never fear, I will be back July 10-ish with interviews from other moms who experienced a maternal mood disorder. Thanks for listening!

June 28, 2018 11:06 AM PDT

For the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing the audio version of my memoir, Adventures with Postpartum Depression. I don't have the time or resources to put together a fancy-schmancy formal audio version (yet!) so instead, I'm sharing it on the podcast. In this installment, I read Chapter 23: How CBT Helped Me Annihilate Anxiety, Chapter 24: Suddenly Meh (in which I describe how I dealt with the boredom of motherhood) and Chapter 25: My Continued Adventures with Momentum (how I continued pushing my recovery to a higher and better level).

I hope to get this all done and shared by the end of June. If you can't wait to hear the rest of the book, head over to PPDadventures.com for your free copy of the ebook. Or head over to Amazon to get your ebook or paperback today to support my work. If you have finished and enjoyed the book, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews really help other readers connect with the book. Thanks for listening!

June 27, 2018 06:34 AM PDT

For the next couple of weeks, I am sharing the audio version of my memoir, Adventures with Postpartum Depression. I don't have the time or resources to put together a fancy-schmancy formal audio version (yet!) so instead, I'm sharing it on the podcast. In this installment, I read Chapter 19: Losing My Rituals (how I broke up with OCD), Chapter 20: Sensory Overload (a deep dive into how depression affected my perception of the world), Chapter 21: The Mini Relapse (what happened when I tried to wean off one of my medications too soon), and Chapter 22: Are You Mad At Me? (how PPD affected my relationship with my husband).

I hope to get this all done and shared by the end of June. If you can't wait to hear the rest of the book, head over to PPDadventures.com for your free copy of the ebook. Or head over to Amazon to get your ebook or paperback today to support my work. If you have finished and enjoyed the book, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews really help other readers connect with the book. Thanks for listening!

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