Loving a person with BPD

I frequently find myself working with people who feels bewildered by the behaviour of their partner/daughter/mother/brother/friend.  When I dig a little deeper, although I am clearly not in a position to diagnose someone who is not in the room, it starts to become clear that the absent loved one has features of personality disorder.  QuiteContinue reading “Loving a person with BPD”

Social support in the postpartum

We know that having solid and reliable social support networks in the postpartum can be a really important protective factor for postnatal depression and anxiety.  Unfortunately, when social networks are not actually supportive, they can end up being harmful and increase our risk of developing depression or anxiety. Did you join a mother’s group?  WasContinue reading “Social support in the postpartum”

Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

November 12-18 is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week.  The Week is intended to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.  Support is available if you are struggling through a pregnancy or postpartum – for help to find it, you can start your searchContinue reading “Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?”

Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?

VARTA is a wonderful resource for families undertaking fertility treatment (including donor and surrogacy).  One of the great things they do is generate a whole load of really helpful information booklets and online information sources about everything fertility related.  Their website include information for families and friends of people going through fertility treatment – itContinue reading “Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?”

Transgender kids

This is the most beautiful story of a family adjusting to their son becoming their daughter.  The world is often intolerant of transgender people – perhaps as a result of fear or understanding, but I think that this video explains the transgender experience simply, and respectfully. https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/10155229343610659/ Watching my son become my daughter.

Domestic surrogate experience

The woman in this story chose to talk about her experience of being an altruistic surrogate because she really wanted Australian women who were contemplating undertaking a surrogacy to understand what they were signing up for.  The article was published a little while ago in Vogue magazine, so this is a scanned pdf and apologiesContinue reading “Domestic surrogate experience”

Parenthood and sleep deprivation

Anyone who has had the experience of having a brand new baby in the house will remember the agony of those first 6 or so weeks where you are so totally sleep deprived you spend most of the time feeling like you are having an out of body experience.  For most new parents you justContinue reading “Parenthood and sleep deprivation”