Shannon Armitage, LMFT

Adult, Child, Couple, and Family Therapy in Seattle


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New Parent Support Group Root to Rise Meets Thursdays in Seattle

Root To Rise is a Postpartum Support International of WA drop-in support group for parents and their babies up to 1 year, Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Essential Birth and Family at 5370 Wilson Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118.  Come join us for conversation about the ups and downs of parenting in the first year.  All are welcome!
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Surviving Out Loud

Getting a mood disorder is like getting the flu.  It strikes seemingly at
random.  No one is to blame.    No one should feel ashamed or guilty that they
have it.  There’s no vaccine or miracle cure, but there is hope. It sucks, but
it will get better with treatment and care.

That’s why I love Katherine Stone’s album of postpartum mood survivors over on her great Postpartum Progress site.  Just beautiful families who have overcome great hardship to survive
and thrive.  As Stone says, “We aren’t defective. We aren’t strange or unusual.
We are great moms who were waylaid temporarily by a terrible illness.” 

And there’s nothing shameful in being laid up by a terrible illness.  Indeed, in the
same way that catching the flu can make a body more resistant to future illness,
surviving a postpartum mood disorder makes a family tougher and more resilient
in the face of future struggles.