Ok Mamas... Let's talk about it. I am a strong advocate for mental health disorders and being open and honest. What are your struggles? Did you suffer from postpartum depression? What did you do? How can we help other moms understand that this is NORMAL and OK to talk about?
Postpartum Depression... Let's talk about it!
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I can’t say that I suffered from postpartum depression, I almost had the opposite. Separation anxiety was it for me. I literally had extreme anxieties any time my son was away from me. I know it’s a good thing that babies aren’t glued and attached to their moms 24/7 but that’s how I saw it. I actually had to go on anti anxiety medicine and it helped tremendously. It was good for the both of us. I don’t know what it’s like to have the depression aspect, but I truly feel for anyone that’s does.
I had a mild case, but I didn't get treatment. THIS time? Any signs, I'm taking myself to the doctor! I suffer with depression so I do not want it to get worse.
I had PPD TERRIBLE! I had to go to a therapist and get on depression meds. Turns out, depression ran in our family and it was a 'hush, hush' issue that no one really talked about. I am still on depression meds today. Looking back I realized that I always had issues, but I just never knew what they were. I thought everyone felt that way.
Wow Kris, What a great topic. There is so much stigma around post partum depression. I personally didnt experience it but I have so many friends that did. It's really a serious issue that thankfully is starting to get more attention. This is why I like social media. We are able to find groups where we feel comfortable enough to open up and really talk about these issues.
I am following this thread for a friend. It carries such a stigma! There is nothing wrong with admit post partum depression.
I am being positive in my journey into motherhood...it hard to not think about what's going on in my office world and how my decision making will be influenced during my absence.
I don’t know if I had postpartum after my kids were born or if it was just lack of sleep. I also didn’t ask for any help so therefore felt alone. I always recommend new moms to ask for help and don’t be afraid. It takes a village to raise babies.
I should have opened up more after my first but I was ashamed of needing help. I felt like I needed to have it all together. It lasted for the first 9 months at least. I didn't help that my husband and I were not on the same page of the new adjustment of a little one either.
I don't think anyone likes to talk about depressing let alone PPD. It's a struggle for many and a lot of people frown upon it but seriously you can't help it! Everyone thinks you should be full of everything happy once you have a baby, I mean you did just have a miracle born but when you a have a chemical imbalance there is nothing that can control it. Meds need to enter the equation whether it is something you swore you'd never do or not. It is ok. What is wrong with getting your irregularities worked out and then really being happy about all the moments!??
I never suffered with post part depression thank God but I know some friends that did and that is no joke. I can understand how hard it is, but my best advice would be to be surrounded by a great support system, in my case it was my family and church friends. I had baby blues here and there but nothing severe
I suffered from depression before I got pregnant so I'm concerned about postpartum depression. So far I've been ok but have experienced some anxiety. I've been open about it with my OBGYN and it has helped clear the air and make me feel more secure in my honesty. Mental health as a whole has way too much shame around it. There's nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. We all have our ups and downs. My best advice is to be honest with yourself, your partner, your doctor, and your family. Let people know how you're feeling and don't be afraid to ask for help.
I was ok after my first pregnancy but really struggled after my second. I gained a lot of weight and was hard on myself about it. I thought that meant I was a bad mom and that I was selfish. At first I was reluctant to get help but eventually I started going to counseling. It definitely helped to have someone to confide in.
I mainly dealt with anxiety after birth. I was always worried she'd stop breathing or that I'd fall asleep with her in bed. I attributed it to first-time mom jitters but it probably was depression. I was so afraid of doing something wrong.
I had an open dialogue with my doctor about it and she had me start journaling my feelings. It helped and with time I did eventually calm down.
New moms have got to know that it is okay to deal with this after the birth of your baby and it is okay to ask for help. There is a stigma around this and I feel like a lot of moms feel like they are a failure if things are just clicking right away with motherhood. Surround yourself with positive and caring family and friends and don't be ashamed to ask for support. That right there is showing you are a good mom because you recognize a problem and you are seeking an answer. It is hard with a newborn and trying to figure out how to function in the world with little to no sleep. Add on ppd and it can just be so gut wrenching on a new mommy. Ask for help, get help and know that you are going to be okay.
My friend suffered from it pretty bad... I am hoping I don't, but she met with someone once a week to help her with it and over time she got better. If that happens to me I will probably visit the person she went to!
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