Author Archives: Ana Clare Rouds

The Darkness

Today is the winter solstice. It is the darkest day of the year. Something cool and wonderful happens 6 months from today, our brightest day. But for today, we have more darkness than light. A few years ago, Postpartum Progress … Continue reading

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Removing the Cobwebs

Hello, Readers! Are you still there? It’s been so long since I’ve posted that I no longer know how to navigate this site. And I don’t think I’ve ever written such an informal post. But, you see, I think that … Continue reading

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Warrior Mom Conference 2015: Part 1 (Or Why Katherine Stone is Super Cool!)

Recently, I traveled to Boston for the Warrior Mom Conference. This Postpartum Progress event, sponsored by Cotton Babies, was the very first patient centered conference about maternal mental health. I met many other amazing mothers, who, like me, had dealt with and recovered … Continue reading

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The Uninvited Stranger

She arrived uninvited. She arrived without warning. I didn’t know her but she took the place of another woman I had known quite well. A woman who had been intelligent, friendly, and competent.  In fact, the woman I knew was … Continue reading

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Postpartum Support International Conference 2014 – Part 1

As stated on their website, Postpartum Support International (PSI) is an organization “dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. We also work to educate family, friends and healthcare … Continue reading

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Dancing On the Edge of Sanity – a book about postpartum anxiety and OCD – available NOW!

I’ve been waiting for many months to able to write the following sentence: Dancing On the Edge of Sanity, a memoir about my encounter with and recovery from postpartum depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, is currently available for purchase. It can be … Continue reading

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Melancholy March

The snow is piling up. It began early this morning and has steadily fallen since then. My husband estimates that we’ve accumulated a foot and a half so far, and the weather forecast promises another five to nine inches through … Continue reading

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Mom: The President of My Fan Club

I heard about it last year. Listen To Your Mother. Writers reading their stories about motherhood to a live audience.  I was intrigued.  As I learned more about this show, I became more and more certain that this show was … Continue reading

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What If? What If? What If?

What if? Two words that often stalk those of us who worry or deal with anxiety.  When I was in the thick of postpartum depression and anxiety, I filled my journal pages with worry after worry, all beginning with “what if” … Continue reading

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My Memoir about Postpartum Anxiety, Depression & OCD: A Book Update

Endings and Beginnings I’ve always liked endings and new beginnings.  They give us an opportunity to take a moment, look back and think about what we’ve done.  At the same time, I like to look forward, set some reasonable goals … Continue reading

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Mother-Baby Bonding Despite Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

While giving my two-year old son a bath the other night, I decided to tell him that I wrote a book.  I’m not sure why I decided to tell this to him, but it seemed like interesting conversation to make … Continue reading

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Top Ten PPD Comments- Helpful and Not So Helpful

Some people make the most ridiculous comments.  When I was struggling with postpartum depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, some of the people I spoke to said things to me that were really unhelpful – so unhelpful that even though two … Continue reading

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Intrusive Thoughts & Postpartum Obsessive-compulsive Disorder: My Experience

 ***Attention anyone suffering from anxiety and or depression: In attempts to raise awareness of postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder with true candor, I have included honest and uncensored descriptions of my terrifying experience with this condition.  Sometimes such information can trigger intrusive … Continue reading

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Finding Support for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Outside of Your Local Community

What can you do when you can’t find support for postpartum depression and anxiety in your local community?  Don’t give up.  There is support and help available.  It is humbling for some women to realize they have postpartum depression and … Continue reading

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