'One Life to Live' Actress Bree Williamson Dishes on Motherhood, Postpartum Depression and Losing the Baby Weight

Actress Bree Williamson says being a mother is her favorite role. Credit: ABC There are days actress Bree Williamson has no idea who she is. That's because her popular "One Life to Live" character, Jessica Brennan, has been known...The soap opera actress battled the baby blues after giving birth to her first child.

The Year of 'Doing It Anyway'

In nine more days, I will turn 41 and will complete what has turned out to be an amazing year, my "Year of Doing It Anyway." I spent the first four decades of my life not doing a whole heck of a lot of things simply because I was afraid. I didn'...What should you do if you're not certain you're going to succeed at something? Do it anyway.

Parenting Websites Perpetuate Myths of Postpartum Depression

I like parenting and "mommy" websites. I love ParentDish (bias, anyone?) and I enjoy checking out all of the other sites as well. I follow them on Twitter. I watch their bloggers. I know that gobs of women visit these websites, too, and pay close a...Why is the media perpetuating the myth that moms with PPD are murderous villains who are not to be trusted?
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Postpartum Depression Is Motherhood Hell

I had postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder with the birth of my first child in 2001. I know what it feels like to see all the other new moms around you happy and glowing while you feel like a miserable monster. Because of how much it truly sucked...Life pretty much sucks when you have postpartum depression. Our new columnist tells the truth about her miserable start at mommyhood.

New Recommendations for Maternal Depression

Screening for depression early on can help assure a healthy mom and healthy baby. Credit: Getty Images
Each year, more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed, which makes perinatal depression -- depression that occurs during...
Each year, more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed, which makes perinatal depression -- depression that occurs during pregnancy or in the first year after birth -- the most under-diagnosed obstetric complication in the United States.

High Number of Moms - and Dads - Experience Depression, Study Says

Fourteen out of every 100 moms will be depressed in their baby's first year. Credit: Getty Images
We didn't need a research study to tell us being a parent can be overwhelming at times, but we were surprised to learn just how many people suffer...

Gwyneth Paltrow Speaks Out About Her Experience With Postpartum Depression

Gwyneth Paltrow shares a smiling moment with son, Moses, last year. Credit: Kadena Pix, Bauer-Griffin
Gwyneth Paltrow's weekly newsletter, GOOP, normally focuses on topics such as shopping, recipes and travel, but in her latest issue, she get...

'Melanie's Law' Benefits Research into Postpartum Depression

Her baby was just three months old when Melanie Stokes threw herself from the 12th floor of a Chicago hotel. The 39-year-old suffered from postpartum psychosis, and little was known about the condition when Stokes killed herself in 2001. Now, Co...

Dads Also Experience Postpartum Depression, Study Says

PRODUCTION PLAYER! DO NOT DELETE. About 10 percent of fathers experience prenatal or postpartum depression, with rates being the highest in the three- to six-month postpartum period, according to a study appearing today in JAMA...

Postpartum Depression Affects Dads, Too

According to a recent story by psychiatrist Dr. Richard Friedman in The New York Times, postpartum depression doesn't just affect new mothers -- fathers can suffer the devastation, too. Here are some of the most interesting points of the story. ...

Would You Eat Your Placenta?

Your body has just experienced the profound physical trauma of childbirth. You're spent. Exhausted and, if you're like me, totally ravenous. You need a snack. You look around the room and your eyes land on -- your placenta. Yes, you heard that rig...

Mother Admits She Doesn't Love Her Daughter

Shelley Price doesn't love her own daughter, and fears she never will. This tearful mother of two is telling her story because she believes that she isn't the only mother to ever tackle such a taboo subject, and hopes she may help others come to term...

Working Moms More Likely to be Depressed

A friend texted me the other day: "I spend my days taking care of everyone and everything," she said. "But who takes care of me?" It's a modern mom's lament. And it's more serious than a pity-party. Consider these statistics from Working Mother: ...

The upside of no longer being pregnant

Many women get depressed over the fact that they are no longer pregnant. They miss having a baby tucked warmly, safely away inside of them. Some believe that post-partum depression in part derives from this feeling. But, I can personally attest, the...

Postpartum depression strikes dads, too

Thanks to widespread attention from the media and the medical establishment, we're all aware of the risk of postpartum depression. We know what to watch for in ourselves and in our girlfriends after the baby comes, and we know how important it is to ...


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