It is so hard to remember when you are in the middle of depression that your thoughts are not really you. Douglas Bloch explains a few ways to cope with those feelings of despair. He reminds us that these thoughts are a symptom of a chemical imbalanced brain.
My friend Dyane over at Birth of a New Brain is recruiting for the first study that specifically addresses mothers, stigma and bipolar disorder in the postpartum period (0-12 months). It’s being conducted by her friend Dr. Walker Karraa, author of the acclaimed book “Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth” (the #1 bestseller in the Amazon postpartum book category!!!) and founder of Stigmama.
I am helping her spread awareness on this very important study. Also a mutual friend, and writer/mental health advocate Kitt O’Malley, blogged about Dr. Karraa’s study requirements.
Here are the requirements for the research study entitled “The Stigma of Mental Illness for Mothers Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 0-12 Months Postpartum.”
Participant inclusion criteria includes: (a) having received a clinical diagnosis for bipolar disorder 0-12 months postpartum; (b) being able to give informed consent; (c) speaking English; (d) having access to phone and email; (e) and willingness to participate; (f) at least 18 years of age.
Participants will participate in one 60-90 minute, audio taped, phone interview with the principal investigator. Participants will be asked to review transcribed interview and return to principal investigator. The total time commitment for participation is estimated at 4 hours spread over several weeks.
If you know of potential participants, or colleagues who may be interested in sharing this recruitment letter, please share the attached recruitment letter, or contact Dr. Kerraa, Phd at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 818-489-8192.
Happy Valentines Day Everyone!
I believe the best gift you can give yourself, (or your loved one) is the gift of Self Love.
It took me 40+years to really understand Self Love and begin to practice it.
Self Love is the ONLY way to finally alleviate pain and accept yourself.
It’s a process that I am only in the early stages of; but, I can feel the healing.
If a person doesn’t love themselves, then they are looking to their loved ones to fill the void,
which is an impossible feat and unfair to expect.
This video is from Teal Swan, one of my favorites on enlightenment and healing.
Being a survivor of horrendous abuse herself; she rose above and lives as her authentic self.
In this video she challenges one to ask, “What would someone who loved themselves do?”