“I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy after having my baby. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: “Maybe I’m just not a fun person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom.”
Many new moms can relate.
When I say new moms, I don’t mean first time moms.
Many mothers don’t realize, want nothing to do with the term PPD or don’t want to admit that they have postpartum depression.
I struggled with some pre-delivery and postpartum depression for 4 months post baby.
Its a big confession and a healing factor to admit that you indeed, fought depression.
We want it to just go away, live as normal as possible.
But it is simply impossible, when the brain is triggering differently.
There were days I cried uncontrollably, had severe angry mood swings and literally couldn’t find the motivation to do anything besides breastfeed my baby.
PPD is a mental health problem characterized by a prolonged period of emotional disturbance occurring at the time of a major life change and increased responsibilities in the case of a newborn infant. PPD can have significant consequences for both the new Mother and Family.
Postpartum Depression is real and it affects 50% of new moms and many without them even realizing this depression is what they are struggling with.
To many times this illness is overlooked, moms may be in denial or brush it off as having a bad day.
Postpartum Depressions are not bad days.
Women with postpartum depression or anxiety have symptoms for a period of at least 2 weeks, and these symptoms interfere with their ability to function on a daily basis.
You feel sad and guilty for not being happy about your new blessing.
You feel overwhelmed and stuck, unable to move forward.
You feel disconnected to loved ones.
You feel moody and may lash out with anger, cries or a combination of both.
You can’t concentrate.
You feel unmotivated to do simple tasks as simple as getting dressed.
Your thoughts race.
Your worried, afraid, paranoid.
These are just a few symptoms of PPD.
There is NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF!
You are NOT alone and you are NOT a freak and you are NOT highly unusual. If you are having these feelings and symptoms then it is possible you are experiencing common disorders that 15 to 20% of new mothers diagnosed have, and 50% not diagnosed suffer with.
If you are pregnant and are having symptoms similar to those listed above, you should know that you aren’t unusual either. You may have antepartum depression or anxiety, which are just as common but occur during the nine months of pregnancy.’
If you have these symptoms but unsure if you have PPD and want to know if you do take this quiz.