My PMAD (Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder) Gets No Respect! Part Two

As a Mental Health Advocate I have to reblog this post on Post Partum Bipolar Disorder. We need to make this more recognizable as a mental health disorder just as important as bipolar disorder itself.

Birth of a New Brain


My favorite high school English teacher was Mrs. Redclay.

Mrs. Redclay was different than my other English teachers at Palisades High School. Instead of the Shakespearean canon, she taught us Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Dressed in her 70’s-era outfits, she stood out among the conservative, monied set of West Los Angeles; not quite a hippie, yet definitely eccentric. 

Mrs. Redclay wrote my college recommendation letter and noted, “Dyane has a fine value system that reflects deep respect for herself and others.” 

While I must admit that wasn’t exactly true back then,

I’m all about r-e-s-p-e-c-t now!

Especially when it comes to recognizing ALL eight perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. 

Sock it to me!

When we wrote our essay assignments, Mrs. Redclay implored us to answer the question “So what?” in each piece.

Sometimes students received their papers back with a “So what?” scrawled at the top instead of the…

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