What Do I Say to A Mom With Postpartum Depression

A spotlight casts its light on to an empty stage

Sitting in the nursery, I have thoughts of hurting my baby. I am one. Laying in bed, I have no appetite and no desire to go on. I am one. Crying for weeks, I wonder if I am crazy. You are not alone. An estimated 1 in 7 women experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) before or after the … Read More

Heidi ShulistaWhat Do I Say to A Mom With Postpartum Depression

Suicide Prevention Awareness- What You Can Do

One minute.  60 seconds.  It’s really a small amount of time.  Thinking about how to spend a single minute is like thinking about how to spend a single nickle.  There are 1,440 minutes in a day and 525,600 in a year.   During the approximate minute that it will take to read this post 4,500 McDonald’s Hamburgers will be sold, … Read More

Heidi ShulistaSuicide Prevention Awareness- What You Can Do

Get Me Off This Boat Part 2

“Mrs. Shulista, we are going to recommend inpatient care at this point. Your husband can bring up some clothes and personal items.” Numb. The only feeling I could conjure up was a little teensy bit of relief. I didn’t want to end my life, BUT, I couldn’t think of any other way to stop the noise in my head. Like … Read More

Heidi ShulistaGet Me Off This Boat Part 2

Get Me Off This Boat!

One day, it was in the Spring, I woke up and I was no longer me. I wasn’t anyone else, either. I wasn’t anything or anyone. I wasn’t even sure if I existed. I went through the motions of going to school. Voices sounded muffled. My thoughts were like dreams in my mind and bounced around out of order and … Read More

Heidi ShulistaGet Me Off This Boat!

Postpartum Depression Hit Before I Knew I was Pregnant

It happened so suddenly. I was newly married, less than 7 months, and attending Cosmetology school full-time while working part-time. I remember waking up one morning with an overwhelming feeling of gloom, I started crying…and crying…and did not stop…for weeks. I stopped going to school; I stopped going to work. My husband, desperate to find someone that could help me, … Read More

Heidi ShulistaPostpartum Depression Hit Before I Knew I was Pregnant