Michelle explains when she decided to advocate for other women suffering from postpartum anxiety.
When we moved back to Arizona, I decided at that point that this is what I need to be doing. I have a voice, and I was back to my old self, and I thought more women need to understand this.
When I realized that up to 20% of women experience this, I thought it was tragic that we didn’t have any resources here. So that’s when I started my journey in working with whoever would listen to me at the time, to get resources, education, training, and professionals and services out there for women so that women and families don’t have to suffer.
And, when I lived in California, I was so full of anxiety that it was really hard for me to leave my apartment at the time. And I think back at that time now and I have to like really laugh, and it shows me how bad it was because I am always going, you know? I can go wherever, and I am doing lots of things with my kids or with work or with my family, and to think that I was at a point where I couldn’t leave my apartment because it was too overwhelming is just fascinating to me.
And to think that if I had been anywhere else, I may not have gotten the help I needed. So, but now there is help, so, and this is treatable. And that’s the thing I think most women need to know is that, this is the number one complication of pregnancy and it’s a treatable issue. You are not alone, and when I learned that, I thought, “Oh, fabulous. Now I can do something about it.”
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