While postpartum depression can manifest itself differently for every person, it can begin pretty quickly after birth — and can make it almost impossible to do all the daily tasks required of a parent. For Katlyn*, a 24-year-old full-time student from Ohio, it all happened about a month or so after her now three-year-old son was born. Not only were her anxiety levels through the roof, but she couldn’t bring herself to do anything she used to enjoy (like horseback riding) and she was barely taking care of herself. It was a chore even to take...

Mara Santilli • May 12, 2024

In the pursuit of productivity and happiness, many of us find ourselves juggling school pickup with an impromptu "Can we chat?" Slack message from our boss and a last-minute grocery order. We are feeling completely overwhelmed, overstimulated, and out of control simultaneously. And as much as this behavior is a constant in our every day, it can also be detrimental to our mental health.  So, after spending a small fortune on planners, timer apps, and productivity books, we feel defeated when we don't accomplish our daily to-do list.  First, there is absolutely no shame in that!...

Emmy Hayes Condon • Apr 27, 2024

While often viewed as a physical issue, infertility can have a massive impact on a person’s mental health. In one study of 200 heterosexual couples struggling with infertility, half of the women described infertility as “the most upsetting experience of their lives.” If you’re finding it hard to cope with infertility, you’re not alone. This article will break down the emotional difficulties common in infertility, the importance of finding a therapist to support you, and other ways you can cope. Understanding the emotional impact of infertility While everyone’s experiences are unique, there are several emotional struggles...

Dr. Kiki Fehling • Apr 24, 2024

This article is sponsored by BetterHelp, the world’s largest professional therapy platform, done online.  Like many people, I was nervous to start therapy for the first time. When I started getting panic attacks in my early 20s, I finally signed up for therapy and realized that everything I knew about it was wrong. Instead of analyzing ink blots and the unconscious meaning behind my dreams, my therapist and I worked on developing coping mechanisms and stress management skills, so I could eventually manage my anxiety on my own.  I started feeling better within weeks, which I credit...

Erin Pettis • Apr 15, 2024

Three days after my D&C from a missed miscarriage, I walked the beach with my mom.  It was a sunny May morning, the kind of day that tells you summer’s on the way — but all I could see were dark, heavy clouds looming overhead.  We were wading in the water and collecting shells when I found a dime with my birth year. I had no doubt it was a sign from someone or something much bigger than me… a reminder to have hope, even at my lowest point.  I’d been through a miscarriage before, and...

Alexa Davidson • Apr 9, 2024

In the past five years, I have been to more doctor’s appointments than I can count. From multiple rounds of IVF to being diagnosed with a thyroid autoimmune condition to several (unsuccessful) attempts at getting to the bottom of my PCOS, I’ve seen my fair share of healthcare professionals in my 35 years. As a woman with various health concerns, I recognize that getting multiple medical opinions is a necessary evil in our current healthcare climate — but integrated healthcare shouldn’t be this hard. About a year ago, fed up after 5 unsuccessful embryo transfers with no baby — or...

Kristyn Hodgdon • Mar 29, 2024

Most of my social media feed these days is filled with advice on everything from dating rules and setting boundaries to which lip oil you should buy. There's something to be said for finding relatability with other 20-somethings navigating life alongside you, but I tend to be cautious about the advice I consume on social media. Comparison is the thief of joy, and although I try my best not to, it's only natural to compare your journey to others' when thousands of videos are showcasing their lives. This leads you to question your daily decisions based...

Kavita Rai • Mar 27, 2024

This post is sponsored by BetterHelp, the world’s largest professional therapy platform done online. I think I’ve struggled with anxiety since I was a child, way before I ever started going to therapy in my twenties. I am confident in this because my anxiety feels like an old friend who shows up in familiar ways. Yes, it’s grown up with me, but sometimes the spiraling thoughts I feel as a 31-year-old woman aren’t far off from what I felt when I was seven years old.  One of the trademarks of my anxiety is something called catastrophizing or...

The Rescripted Team • Mar 25, 2024

This post is sponsored by BetterHelp, the world’s largest professional therapy platform done online. The state of your mental and physical health impacts one another. For instance, the American Psychological Association notes that too much stress can have downstream negative effects on everything from your heart health to your nervous system. In an interview with Rescripted, Sreela Stovall, Ph.D., LMHC, Clinical Operations Manager at BetterHelp, walked us through how endometriosis — defined as tissue similar, but not identical, to the lining of the uterus that is found elsewhere in the body — can and does impact so many people’s mental health. ...

Vivian Nunez • Mar 21, 2024

A few days ago, a friend sent me a video featuring a conspiracy theory about Kate Middleton’s whereabouts. It led to what was, admittedly, a fascinating little rabbit hole to travel down, with more conspiracy theories along the way. But it also left me feeling incredibly disappointed about the way people are speculating about the royal’s health. For those who are unfamiliar, a refresher: In January, Kensington Palace announced that Kate underwent a planned abdominal surgery that would require a 10-14 day hospital stay. At the time, it was announced that Kate would resume public appearances...

Zara Hanawalt • Mar 19, 2024