The Realities of Postpartum We Don't Talk About
YOU CAN BE YOURSELF AGAIN.
Part memoir and part survival guide, this warm, unapologetic and honest account of a mother’s battle and ultimate victory with postpartum mental illness breaks stigmas around motherhood, anxiety, depression, and psychosis to empower others to seek treatment and regain their voice and confidence. It contains strategies for both people suffering from mental illness and those supporting them to navigate through their day-to-day lives, learn the appropriate ways to provide support, and regain their sense of self.
"Ms. Kazemi boldly shares her harrowing postpartum journey. UNAPOLOGETIC TRUTHS: THE REALITIES OF POSTPARTUM WE DON’T TALK ABOUT is essential reading for anyone who has a loved one, works with patients or is themselves experiencing postpartum mental health problems. While the experience may not exactly match Ms. Kazemi’s, her candid recollection, practical tips and supportive advice will serve all. It will definitely shed light on this crucial topic and will help women, as well as their loved ones, feel less isolated in this stigmatized and terrifying journey to finding hope and themselves again." —Dr. Lisa Gagnon, MD, Psychiatrist, Founder - Women’s Mental Health Clinic at Foothills Medical Centre, Clinical Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry - University of Calgary.
“This book is a courageous account of what it is like to experience severe postpartum illness and gives hope and a roadmap back to health. It goes beyond describing the experience and gives specific, actionable strategies for people experiencing the illness as well as the people supporting them.” —Dr. Amane Abdul-Razzak, MD MSc CCFP
"Yalda gives profound expression to the misunderstandings and stigma around postpartum mental illness. She has survived it. There is much to be learned from her as she shares with such honesty the chasm of disconnect between what the mind is thinking and what the heart is feeling. For those who are struggling with this disease, this book helps you to navigate through the darkness, to find your true self once again. It also offers valuable suggestions to those in a support role. Thank God that she chose to share her story." —Sally Walls, Author, Nightfall to Daybreak
YALDA KAZEMI is a mom, mental health advocate, entrepreneur, writer, stylist and editor whose personal experience with postpartum mental illness has led her on a mission to be a voice for mothers who suffer in silence; and to raise awareness and break stigmas associated with mental illness. At her company, stylEsteem, she merges style and mental health to empower and educate individuals to look and feel confident while using her strategies as a method to uplift one’s mood.
She lives in Calgary, Alberta and can be found at www.stylesteem.ca.