This is my beautiful little family. We're a tough little bunch who have been through a lot the past seven years, although you may not be able to tell as much from all these smiles.
After our daughter was born I had postpartum depression. The first year of being a mom was so difficult but with the support of my husband we made it through. Sadly, our challenges were just beginning as it felt like I was experiencing postpartum depression every month.
Month after month I experienced hopelessness, debilitating anxiety, uncontrollable rage, and even had thoughts about taking my own life. I couldn't even take my daughter to the grocery store as I was unable to get out of the car because of the severe anxiety. I could not be the mom I wanted to be.
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and depression but none of these seemed to fit. One day I remembered something a past doctor had mentioned to me... something about a disorder called PMDD.
Through online support groups, patient blogs, and by tracking my symptoms I was able to diagnose myself with PMDD. Armed with an accurate diagnosis I was able to give up the meds that weren't working and try new meds and therapies to lessen my symptoms.
Unfortunately, finding doctors who understand PMDD is hard to come by. Harder still was finding a treatment option that worked. Over time, my symptoms were worsening. I couldn't care for our children and I contemplated suicide and leaving my family every four weeks. I was living a half-life and it was horrible.
Through the support of others with PMDD, I helped found a non-profit to help others going through the same experience. I started an online support group for moms with PMDD and helped grow an online community of over 90,000 sufferers around the world.
Like so many with PMDD, most of the treatment options currently available didn't work for me. After much research and talking with my husband, I decided to have a total hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries. It was a long road to recovery both physically and emotionally but I am so grateful to be healthy, happy, and here.
I am now the mom I always knew I could be. This holiday season, I am raising funds so that other mothers can become the kinds of moms they are capable of being as well. With your support, we can provide another 10,000 free peer support sessions in 2019!
As many as 1 in 20 menstruating women have PMDD.
• 10 million women in the US/Europe alone
• 60 million + worldwide
• 50% + will attempt suicide
Symptoms include depression, hopelessness, anxiety, rage, suicidal thoughts, suicidal behaviors, and more.
The mission of IAPMD is to eliminate cyclical hormone-induced psychiatric disorders as a global health problem. IAPMD is the only nonprofit in the world providing peer support, education, and outreach to help those impacted by Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Premenstrual Exacerbation of underlying disorders (PME).
IAPMD bridges the gaps between patient, clinician, and research communities.
Your donation will make a real impact in not only my life but the millions of others impacted by this devastating disorder.
Just a sample of what your donation supports:
Fighting Stigma by Talking About PMS, PMDD, PME, and Surgical Menopause
Championing Women's Mental and Reproductive Health on a Global Level
Spreading Hope in the PMDD, PME, and Surgical Menopause Communities with New Support Groups
Educating Patients, Providers, and Loved Ones about PMDD and the Treatment Process
Rallying with Others to Boost Our Collective Missions
Inspiring Hope Through Scientific Research
Together we can create a world where those with PMDD not only survive but thrive!