Sep 25, 2017
Bipolar disorder in pregnancy and postpartum is not often discussed. Dyane Harwood is advocating for that to change. In this episode, Dyane shares her personal journey through postpartum bipolar, what she wishes people would understand and how we can all be more supportive to mothers experiencing this difficult and often misunderstood condition.
In this rich discussion, we touch on:
-Some signs, symptoms and what it may look like to others
-Insight into what it might feel like for a mother to be going through Bipolar in postpartum.
-Supportive tips on what might help in early detection, prevention and healing.
Connect with Dyane:
Birth of a New Brain is available for pre-order on Amazon and Kindle. Released on October 10 2017. https://www.amazon.com/Birth-New-Brain-Postpartum-Disorder/dp/1618688014/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506311992&sr=8-1&keywords=birth+of+a+new+brain
Support and Resources:
International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
(800) 950-6264 Helpline
Postpartum Support International
Dr. Alsuwaidan's article - excellent advice for mood support/stability
Dyane Harwood graduated from UC Santa Cruz with
a degree in English and American Literature. In 2007, Dyane was
diagnosed with postpartum bipolar disorder (also known as bipolar,
peripartum onset). Her book "Birth of aNew Brain - Healing
from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder" will be published by
Post Hill Press on October 10th 2017.
Dyane has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written for the Huffington Post, Self Magazine, and Postpartum Support International. She founded a chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and facilitated support groups for moms with mood disorders for nine years. Dyane lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California with her husband Craig, their daughters Avonlea and Marilla, and their Scotch collie Lucy.