158: Jen's Story through Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, and Rage

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One aspect of postpartum depression and anxiety that doesn’t get much attention is the rage that comes along with these issues. People who experience this rage can feel overwhelmed and confused, and it can be a scary scenario. Today’s guest shares her story of how she came through postpartum depression, anxiety, and rage, and how she uses her healing process to help other moms today.

Jen Gaskell is a quality professional who works full-time outside the home. She and her husband live near Milwaukee with their two daughters, ages 8 and 11. Jen used her writing and her blog to help navigate her journey through postpartum depression and anxiety. She was a former co-producer of Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee, where she was part of the inaugural Milwaukee cast telling her story of PPD. Jen has written for Postpartum Progress and was a member of their editorial team for three years. Jen was a Climb Out of the Darkness team leader for Milwaukee for four years. She helps lead a Facebook group of local moms who’ve been through postpartum mood disorders and recently became a PSI helpline volunteer.

Show Highlights:

  • How Jen struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety following the birth of her youngest child
  • When she didn’t know who or where to turn to, she turned to Google to research her symptoms
  • How she knew she needed to see someone but was afraid of having her kids taken away
  • How Jen found a therapist and was able to get help quickly
  • The signs in the beginning that told Jen that something was wrong
  • The pressure Jen put on herself because of gestational diabetes and the details of managing the risks
  • How her anxiety turned to irritability during her pregnancy and then spiraled into rage in the postpartum
  • The feelings of irritability and rage that Jen noticed
  • The key indicators that something was wrong
  • How Jen learned about her triggers and when to take a break
  • The guilt Jen felt for needing a break from her kids
  • The internal pressure to be “on top of things” all the time
  • How Jen learned to cope, especially journaling and learning to give herself grace
  • How hard struggling moms work not to let others know the truth of how they feel
  • How Jen became comfortable in sharing her story to help others
  • The importance of normalizing the therapy process and the steps to get better
  • Jen’s hopeful message to other moms: “It’s not you. Those negative thoughts are not who you are. There is so much support available, so reach out. This is a common condition, and it’s treatable. It won’t be like this forever.”

Resources:

Tranquila Mama

Twitter and Instagram: @jenrenpody

Facebook: Tranquila Mama Blog

Listen To Your Mother on YouTube

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