My name is Walker Ladd, Ph.D. I started this project a few years ago, curious about the experience of older mothers who had experienced a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD). The data I gathered were profound.
An unexpected life event took me away from the work, but I have returned to finish the project. How women remember and reflect upon their experiences of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders deserves attention. It is not what we might expect.
My first book explored how some women transform through their experience with a PMAD. An unexpected finding emerged: these disorders are traumatic. They shatter women. As in all traumatic recovery, many women experience post traumatic growth–transforming through the healing.
When PPD Grows Up promises to transform long-held beliefs about the disconnected, unattached nature of maternal relationships for women who suffer depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders around the time of birth. In fact, of the 150 women surveyed, nearly 70% reported a special connection with the child whom they experienced a PMAD.
I am looking forward to publishing the results of this work. If you would like to share your experience of a special connection, you are invited to take the PPD Special Connection Survey.
Thank you and stay tuned!
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