I’m not sure why I’m just making this post now, but it’s better late than never, right? I know that I talk a lot about my struggle with postpartum depression, and I talk about other postpartum issues, and now I will talk about the truth about postpartum depression and the resources to help you.
If you’re not familiar with my story, I struggled with postpartum depression after my second son was born. He is now 15 months and I am, slowly, getting over it– but it’s been no easy journey.
I kind of knew that something wasn’t right, but for many many months, I pushed those feelings aside. I thought that it was the baby blues hitting me at full-force and eventually, I would feel better again but man, was I wrong, because what I was really dealing with was postpartum depression.
You can read my post on the differences between the baby blues and postpartum depression.
I wish I knew a lot sooner that I was really going through postpartum depression.
I’m here to reach out to other mamas that may be going through the exact same thing that I went through.
Postpartum depression is a very serious condition that, when treated early enough, can be treated fairly easily. However, if treatment is delayed, it can take much longer to overcome the postpartum depression– again, I’m speaking from my own personal experience.
Maybe you are unfamiliar with postpartum depression and have no idea what it even is, because let’s face it– postpartum issues, along with mental health, aren’t talked about nearly as much as they should be. I want every mom to know what postpartum depression is, and the truth about it, because you can potentially save a life.
The Truth About Postpartum Depression and Resources for Help
Not sure what the signs of postpartum are? Here are the 8 common signs:
Now that you know the common signs to look for, let’s get to the truth about postpartum depression.
What causes postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is caused by all of those crazy hormones fluctuating after baby is born. Unfortunately, there is no preventing postpartum depression, but the good news is, the sooner that PPD is diagnosed, the faster it can be recovered.
Postpartum depression is a serious condition.
If you are displaying the signs listed above, and they aren’t fading away within 2 weeks, then there is a strong chance that you do have PPD.
Postpartum depression IS a serious condition that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later– the sooner you can get help for it, the better!
As soon as you have ANY thoughts of extreme sadness or even harmful thoughts, that is when it’s time to seek the help that you need.
There are so many resources out there.
Going through something as scary and isolating as PPD may have you feeling like you are alone in this but I want you to know, you are not!
There are so many more women out there that have been through this then you think.
There are A TON of resources for mamas, just like yourself, that are going through the exact same thing.
Here is where you can find some great resources for postpartum depression, along with other postpartum issues (such as PPA or postpartum psychosis.)
Included are lists of helpful websites, articles, facebook groups, telephone numbers and more.
If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, PLEASE reach out to these resources immediately, you can also reach out to me. I am here and I will listen.
My favorite resources on postpartum depression.
I have listed some of my favorite websites that I go to for support on PPD. (these resources are included in my post above, but to save you some time, I listed them below. If you would like to see the full list of resources, you can find them here.)
Postpartum depression is NOT the same as the baby blues.
Like I stated above, there is a BIG difference between postpartum depression and the baby blues.
If your extreme sadness and anger are NOT going away, then you don’t have the baby blues. Please let someone you trust know this!
There is a big misconception about this and it needs to be fully addressed– postpartum depression is way more serious then the baby blues so if you believe that you have PPD, trust in yourself and get the help you deserve.
Postpartum depression doesn’t mean you’re a bad mom.
The mom-guilt that comes along with PPD is fierce and unforgiving– but it doesn’t make you a bad mother and it especially doesn’t mean that you don’t love your baby.
Don’t let the monsters in your head win the fight– you are an amazing and strong mama that can overcome this!
Please remember mama: there are SO MANY women out there that will understand and support what you are going through, so please now this and reach out.
I want to hear about your postpartum depression journey– share your story with me, and other mamas. I offer a safe platform to get your brave story across to mamas that are going through the exact same struggle as you. <3