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Social Media and Networking - Making It Work For You

posted Feb 3, 2014, 6:14 AM by AndrewandSarah Witzel
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, and the like) is a popular way to connect with people online. It can be of great value for women experiencing perinatal mood disorders. You can use it to meet other mothers and families, learn about parenting resources, and chat with supportive family and friends no matter how far away they may be. PMDA regularly posts information, resources, events, helpful links, and inspirational messages and photos.

I access social media on a regular basis, and enjoy many aspects of it, especially now that I have a child and can easily share pictures and funny things that she says. However, social media has a flip side for me. When my daughter was younger and my depression was not well-controlled, I found that going on Facebook often made me feel irritated, competitive, and dissatisfied. Everybody else’s baby slept longer. Other moms got out more, had more fun, and were coping better, or so it seemed.

I did realize that it was up to me to moderate my social media use! Once I realized that it was affecting me negatively, I was able to modify my use. I couldn't control what other people posted, only how I reacted to it and how much I exposed myself to it.

It is important to really think about your own use of social media - is it uplifting you or pulling you down? How can it help you feel connected and supported? If you aren’t already, think about following PMDA (Postpartum Depression Awareness) on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest!