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We believe that talking to moms in their own language is important to increasing awareness and understanding of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). There two problems with the way moms get information about PMADs:
1) The language explaining the symptoms and treatment is often confusing, very medical in nature, and doesn’t get to the heart of how it really feels.
Lots of women don’t understand terms like mania, dysthymia and psychomotor agitation. That is we talk about perinatal mood and anxiety disorder symptoms based on the language mothers actually use. We call this “plain mama English” and we believe our unique symptom lists successfully help moms recognize what’s wrong.
2) Most health resources discuss the what, but not the how. They tell moms what may happen if they have these illnesses, but not what to do about it once they realize they have them, other than “call your doctor.” We won’t leave you asking, “Now what?!”
We want moms to know what to do next. We offer, wherever possible, direct resources, including ways to talk to other survivors and to us. If a mom just can’t manage to look through our lists to find what she needs, she can email us and we’ll get the specific information for her. We’re not just a static website or a faceless organization. We are real people who want to help.
With more than a million pageviews per year, we’d like to think the fact that no resource dedicated to PPD is visited more often than ours is because of our communication style.
Your ‘Symptoms of PPD in Plain Mama English’ blog post changed my life. Not just my life, but my family’s. Things were so damn hard and we just couldn’t figure it out … I read that blog post on a Monday morning and immediately called the closest hospital’s help line … I don’t know what would have happened to me and my family if I hadn’t found your blog that Monday morning.B.T.
Thank you for the article “The Symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis (In Plain Mama English).” I was hospitalized twice last year with postpartum psychosis. I was unable to put my experience into words. I’ve shared your article with my husband, family and friends. It feels so good to finally express my experience in words that people can understand. Thank you so much.A.B.
I lived in denial for about 18 months about my postpartum depression. No matter how often my husband told me I should go see my doctor and get help, I convinced myself that I could ‘fix’ this myself. I even went as far as hiding how terrible I was feeling from my doctor at my regular check … Months later I read your blog entitled ‘The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (in Plain Mama English).” It was that entry that truly made me realize that I had to get help. This was not something that I could continue to battle on my own. I called my doctor that day and booked an appointment. She immediately started treatment.Anonymous