By Amanda Rubick
On May 13, I will be running the 40th Annual Fifth Third River Bank Run and raising funds for Pine Rest’s Patient Assistance Fund, which helps reduce the cost of treatment for patients experiencing financial hardships.
I choose Pine Rest as my charity because in 2014, I developed pretty intense postpartum depression and anxiety and began seeing a therapist at Pine Rest. Depression and anxiety have been a large part of my life and something I’ve battled on a regular basis.
The help I have received through therapy has been such a gift to me and my family.
I praise God that I have good insurance so it has been pretty easy for me to access regular therapy care. I cannot imagine what it would be like for someone who has similar needs as me but isn’t able to afford therapy.
Running and fundraising for the Patient Assistance Fund allows me to give back to those needing help
Did you know that postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) are the most common complication of childbirth?
PMAD can include depression, anxiety or increased energy (manic behavior) anytime during or after pregnancy, with symptoms ranging from irritability, change in sleep or eating patterns to obsessive worry or scary thoughts.
The good news is, just as a woman can be proactive about the physical health of herself and her baby, she can also make preparations during pregnancy to take care of her emotional and mental health to help reduce the risk for developing a PMAD!
To learn more about PMAD and the Pine Rest Mother and Baby Program, visit www.pinerest.org/PMAD.