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  • Anonymous
    Liz

    Anxiety and depression have been constant companions throughout my life. It seemed like I always had to fight a little harder than others, but I had developed excellent coping mechanisms after years of struggle and had managed to lead a full and successful life. In the summer of 2017, after having 3 children in 3 […]

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    Elizabeth

    Disclaimer: The following article mentions the topic of suicide or other sensitive subjects, which may trigger negative thoughts and feelings for those currently suffering or still recovering from a mental or mood disorder. Reader discretion is advised. I honestly didn’t even realize I was in such a dark place. I knew I felt horrible, but […]

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    Amanda

    I was sitting on the floor next to my husband as we bathed our young child together, soaked through with bubbles and water from bath toys, physically and emotionally drained from being with my one-year-old all day. I turned to my husband and asked, “When you became a dad, did you feel like you lost […]

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    Melissa

    Disclaimer: The following article mentions the topic of suicide or other sensitive subjects, which may trigger negative thoughts and feelings for those currently suffering or still recovering from a mental or mood disorder. Reader discretion is advised. After the birth of my second child, I finally recognized the symptoms I had (and what I experienced […]

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Everything seemed perfect. I had a little girl and was pregnant with my second child. However, when I gave birth I immediately began having trouble. I was worried about everything, and I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t want to go anywhere; I couldn’t handle daily things that used to be easy. For example, I couldn’t have […]

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    Kayla

    I tried so desperately to hold it together, day after day, and to wish away the feelings of guilt, failure, and emptiness. I stared at the miracle I had and wished so badly that I could stop feeling so horribly sad in the midst of my little one. I didn’t feel that overwhelming love that […]

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    Amber

    After my first child was born, I mostly felt good with being a new mom. I really didn’t know much about postpartum depression; it literally came out of nowhere. I don’t even remember how it happened or what caused it. It just happened. Breastfeeding wasn’t helping at all–I was resenting my newborn each and every […]

  • vanessa
    Vanessa

    I was watching the story about Eric and his family, and I began to cry. I thought about all the feelings and emotions I had been experiencing, and that is when it hit me that it was time to tell someone. After receiving an IUD after having my first daughter, I noticed my hormones were […]

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    After my child was born when I was 20, I had severe postpartum depression. I felt like I should have loved my baby more, and I didn’t feel like the mom I wanted to be. Additionally, I lost my job that I had worked so hard to get when I ran out of maternity leave. […]

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    Lauren

    Before my first child was born, I was familiar with The Emily Effect foundation. After hearing about the foundation, I wanted to get it out there as much as I could. In 2016, I ran the St. George Marathon wearing an Emily Effect jersey. I was able to share with others what the foundation is […]