In this week’s episode, Alexia Johnstone shares her story of pregnancy depression, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and OCD. Not only did Alexia volunteer to share her story, but she was my first interviewee – so she deserves a double ovation!
Alexia is a mental health counselor who works near Worcester, Massachusetts. She is trained in expressive arts therapy and provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults with mood and anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders. Her full profile and contact information are available right HERE.
Alexia and her PPD baby Lucia (“Lucy”)
Alexia found support through several different online groups:
- the Self Care Squad
- Graeme Seabrooke’s website The Postpartum Mama
- Mighty Moms
- Having a Baby After A PPMD
As I mentioned, there is another podcast about maternal mental illness. It is Dr. Kat’s Mind & Body and I highly recommend it. I have learned a lot and been inspired by the stories.
Alexia does an exercise called “a womb with a view” with her pregnant patients. That exercise was inspired by the book Birthing From Within. I am done making babies, but the book sounds so interesting, I may have to buy myself a copy and do the exercises.
The ukulele music playing during the introduction is “Cute” by Bensound.com.