Emily Jankowski Newton: Perinatal mood disorders & parenting with ADHD

Episode 149
1h 0m | Aug 7, 2023

Episode 149 with Emily Jankowski Newton.

“We tend to talk about ADHD likes it’s an academic issue but it’s so much more than that. If your kids aren’t struggling academically, they're probably struggling socially.”

Emily is a passionate perinatal mental health advocate, and the Director of the Climb Out of the Darkness Program with Postpartum Support International (PSI). Attending a local Climb Out of the Darkness event helped connect her with other parents, find the help she needed, and was the beginning of something incredible. A combination of treatments including talk therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes helped her recover from Postpartum Anxiety, Depression & OCD. Now Emily works tirelessly raising awareness, building community and connecting folks worldwide to life-changing perinatal mental health resources.

Emily is also the co-host of the I Am One podcast, where PSI staff and volunteers reflect on their own lived experience during the perinatal period (pregnancy + postpartum).

Emily was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 8, but was told she would outgrow it (spoiler alert: she did NOT). We talk about navigating ADHD and pregnancy and babies, as well as our experiences with perinatal depression and anxiety. We also talk about the experience of being neurodivergent parents to neurodivergent kids.

If you struggled with the transition to being a parent, or struggled with depression and anxiety with a baby or a young child, you do not want to miss this raw and deeply personal interview!

Websites: Postpartum Support International; Climb Out of the Darkness

Instagram: @postpartumsupportinternational; @psiclimbout; @iamonepodcast


I am One podcast

Resources mentioned:

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-TLC-MAMA

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