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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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June 11, 2018 10:13 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 The Prologue, Chapter One: The Girl with Hypchondria (some back story about why I was anxious going into motherhood), Chapter Two: Love and Marriage (a little more backstory that helps understand my particular PPD journey) and Chapter Three: Let's Make A Baby! (the process by which I decided I wanted to get pregnant).

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. Thanks for listening!

June 05, 2018 08:23 PM PDT

The past few months, I have been working on improving my physical health. As strong as my mental health has been since I recovered from PPD, I know I will feel even better once I lose weight and reclaim my body. My thyroid is not working as well it should; my iron level is low; my cholesterol is way too high; but hey, my Vitamin D is tip-top. I'm also trying to shout less often at my children and slowly but surely making progress on that front. Later this summer, stay tuned for the podcast audio version of my memoir Adventures with Postpartum Depression, now available on Amazon. Email Courtney@PPDadventures.com if you would like to share your story on a future episode. Show notes will be available at PPDadventures.com. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and I hope you have a lovely week.

May 23, 2018 08:49 PM PDT

This week, Stephanie Trzyna shares her story of postpartum depression and anxiety on the show. Stephanie is the mother of an eleven and half year old daughter. Although she overcame postpartum depression, she still struggles with anxiety. For years, she has been an advocate fighting to crush the stigma of mental illness. Thank you, Stephanie! I loved talking to you. Your story and work are inspirational. Show notes will be available at PPDadventures.com. If you would like to share your story on a future episode, please email Courtney@PPDadventures.com. My memoir Adventures with Postpartum Depression is now available on Amazon! Visit PPDadventures.com for a link to get a free download of the ebook. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and I hope you have a wonderful week.

May 15, 2018 11:15 AM PDT

This week, Stephanie M. shares her story of a difficult pregnancy, traumatic birth, emergency hysterectomy, and postpartum depression. As part of her postpartum journey, she was hospitalized in the psych ward for a week. These days, she is feeling much better but her recovery is not yet over. Thank you, Stephanie, so much for sharing your story on the show. If you would like to share your story on an upcoming episode, please email Courtney@PPDadventures.com. Show notes are available at PPDadventures.com. My book is also available now on Amazon, but you can get the link for your free ebook at PPDadventures.com. The intro music is "Cute" from Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and I hope you have a wonderful week.

May 10, 2018 06:18 AM PDT

This Sunday, it's Mother's Day in the United States, and I felt inspired to share some thoughts and rants on the holiday. I talk about my first Mother's Day as a mom, which totally sucked, seeing as I was in the darkness of postpartum depression. I also talk about how one day is not enough to honor a mother. We should feel cherished throughout the year! My advice is to do what feels right for you on Mother's Day and to not compare your day to what you see on social media. (Staying off social media would not be a bad thing.) The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Email Courtney@PPDadventures.com if you would like to share your story on a future episode. My memoir, Adventures with Postpartum Depression, is now available on Amazon. Thank you for listening and I'll be back next week with another interview.

May 06, 2018 04:42 PM PDT

This week, Lauren shares her story of antenatal and postpartum depression. Lauren is the mother of two girls, ages 3 years old and 10 months. She did NOT experience a mood disorder during her first pregnancy and postpartum period. When she got pregnant three months after a miscarriage, Lauren then went through pregnancy hell. Her traumatizing pregnancy was followed by a traumatic birth. For the first two weeks after delivery, Lauren felt euphoric but then she experienced severe postpartum depression. She had PTSD from her pregnancy, intrusive thoughts, panic attacks, disassociation, and suicidal ideation. She is now finally emerging from the postpartum darkness. Thanks, Lauren, for opening up and sharing your story on the show. Show notes are available at PPDadventures.com. My memoir is now available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook, and this month, you can also download your free copy of the ebook. (Link at PPDadventures.com). Email Courtney@PPDadventures.com if you would like to share your story on a future episode. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and I hope you have a lovely week.

April 29, 2018 07:13 PM PDT

This week, Emily Richter, aka The OCD Mama, shares her story of postpartum depressive, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anxiety. As a child, Emily was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder. Her symptoms were effectively managed with medication. In high school, she weaned off medication and for many years, she felt great. After giving birth to her first child, though, her obsessive compulsive disorder returned. It took Emily several months to ask for help, but now she is doing much better and feels like herself again. Thanks, Emily, for coming on the show! Show notes are available at PPDadventures.com. Be sure to download your free copy of my memoir, Adventures with Postpartum Depression (link available at PPDadventures.com). If you would like to share your story on a future episode, email me at Courtney@PPDadventures.com. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thank you for listening and have a lovely week.

April 24, 2018 10:58 AM PDT

This week, I talk about the things I have been learning lately from my life. I had a stomach bug last week, and felt really bitter about that, but then realized it was a blessing-in-disguise helping me with my current spiritual journey with food. (whew, try saying that three times fast.) Life is an adventure, and ultimately, I'm so glad that I get to be human and experience the uncertainty. My book, Adventures with Postpartum Depression, is currently available on Amazon as an e-book if you would like to support my work. If you prefer free, head over to the shownotes for a link to a free ebook. Shownotes are available at PPDadventures.com. Email me at Courtney@PPDadventures.com if you are interested in sharing your story on a future episode or if you would like to contribute a guest post to the blog. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thanks for listening and I hope you have a beautiful week.

April 15, 2018 08:53 PM PDT

This week, Rachel Duff, a single mom, shares her postpartum story. She opens up about a lot of difficult issues, including miscarriage, relationship issues with her ex-fiance, money troubles, and self-harming. Trigger warning: during her darkest days, Rachel cut herself with a blade. In January, she started taking Wellbutrin and she is starting to emerge from the darkness. This is an intense, inspiring episode. Thank you, Rachel, for being so brave and honest. Show notes are available at PPDadventures. My memoir is also now available as an ebook on Amazon. Just search for Adventures with Postpartum Depression if you want to buy the ebook to support my work. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Email Courtney@PPDadventures.com if you would like to share your story on a future episode. Thank you for listening and I hope you have a lovely week.

April 08, 2018 04:47 PM PDT

This week, Laurie Syphard shares her story of postpartum depression. After the birth of her first daughter, she experienced PPD, primarily through extreme anxiety and obsessions. After the birth of her second daughter, she did not experience any PPD. During her recovery, she had to stay briefly at the hospital. She talks about the different things that helped her recovery, including advocacy for maternal mental health. Show notes are available at PPDadventures.com. (This week, I'm actually getting the notes published before the episode which is a shocking amount of togetherness that will never happen again.) If you'd like to be on my email list, and get notified when I publish my memoir, you can do that at PPDadventures.com as well. If you would like to share your story on a future episode, please email Courtney@PPDadventures. The intro music is "Cute" by Bensound.com. Thanks for listening and I hope you have a lovely week.

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