*** Jen is a postpartum depression survivor and medicated mommy, not a medical professional.***
Mamas, if you’re suffering, you are NOT ALONE. In fact, you are in amazing company. Did you know hundreds of thousands of new moms suffer from postpartum mood disorders each year? 1 in 5 to be exact. There is NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF.
Mamas, if you’re suffering and have no idea what is happening to you, read more about postpartum mood disorders here. PPD is not one-size-fits-all, comes in many forms, and is often an anxious, irritable depression. No two experiences are the same. If you feel off in any way, speak up. Don’t stay silent because you think, “This is just how new motherhood feels.”
Mamas, if you’re suffering, you NEED HELP. PROFESSIONAL HELP. What you’re going through is temporary but it MUST BE TREATED. Visit Postpartum Support International for a list of professional care in your area. Or call their help line at 1-800-944-4773(4PPD).
Mamas, if you’re suffering, you need to know how to talk to your doctor and advocate for your mental health. Follow these tips.
Mamas, if you’re suffering from visions, altered reality or think you are at risk for harming yourself or your child, read the facts about Postpartum Psychosis and get yourself to your nearest emergency room immediately.
Mamas, if you have any thoughts about taking your own life, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.