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On Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and the ER | Part 1



I'm blessed to partner with my friend Kyleigh Dunn for this series on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) and the emergency room. These articles are featured on her blog, The Sorrows of Eve where she provides resources and encouragement broadly for the church and more intimately for the moms who are struggling.


If this is you, don't hesitate to reach out to the crisis helpline, call 9-8-8 (in both Canada and the USA) .


This is Part 1.

 

Introduction


Hi, my name is Amber. I'm a wife, mother of 3, a nurse and counsellor. I've served in church planting ministry overseas and as a pastor's wife here in Canada. Currently, I'm active in my local church, and one way I serve is through teaching a women's Bible study.


I want you to know, I've been through some really difficult times. You're not alone in feeling frustrated, sad, and confused about what you're experiencing. You never thought your emotions would be so out of control, and though you keep telling yourself you "shouldn't" be feeling like this, trying to pick yourself up by your bootstraps, things don't change.


Kyleigh invited me to participate in this conversation with you, to provide information about what you may expect through emergency services when you're in crisis and to help equip you through this challenging time.


I work out of an emergency department in Canada, so I'm writing from that context. You will need to check around to understand what resources are available to you in your community and hopefully also through your local church.


My prayer for you is that though you walk through this very dark valley, you will fear no evil for God Almighty, the Good Shepherd, is with you. May you take comfort in the assurance of God's presence and promises.


(For the rest of the article, where we'll talk about how to know you're in crisis, click the link to get to the full post)



 
 


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