You search for postpartum depression stories in your browser. You seek moms who had postpartum anxiety or OCD. You WANT to hear from other moms who have what you have or feel like you feel. Which makes perfect sense. It doesn’t matter whether you have postpartum depression or something else, what types of symptoms you have, or whether you are pregnant, have just given birth, are one year postpartum or two, have just adopted a baby or recently experienced a loss, we’ve got something here that will make sense, give you comfort, offer information and help you see you’re not alone.
The following stories are organized in groups so that you can find symptoms, struggles or feelings that are similar to yours. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, keep scrolling. It’s worth it, and I bet you’ll find what you need. But if you still can’t, email email@example.com.
MATERNAL MENTAL ILLNESSES
Did you know that depression during pregnancy is just as common as PPD? If not, don’t feel bad. Most women don’t know. If you’re worried about being sad during pregnancy or are surprised that what you thought would make you feel happy is instead making you pretty miserable, you’re not alone. Check out these stories of being depression while pregnant from other moms who’ve been there:
Postpartum Anxiety Stories
Postpartum OCD Stories
If you’ve heard about postpartum depression and you keep thinking, “But I’m not depressed. I’m not sad and withdrawn. Instead I’m worried. I’m anxious all the time. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep. I’m having scary thoughts. What is this???,” we have answers for you.
Postpartum Depression Stories
You probably have no idea how many women — at the grocery store, in your neighborhood, who are your friends, who you went to school with, who you are related to — are surrounding you right this second who have or had postpartum depression, too. One in seven of us, ladies. And we have tons and tons of stories that will help you understand PPD and why you have it and what it’s like to deal with it.
If your pregnancy or childbirth was traumatic, you may be struggling with postpartum PTSD, or postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder. If you thought PTSD was only for war veterans, think again. It’s a real illness, and below you’ll find both information and stories from moms who’ve dealt with (and recovered from!) postpartum PTSD.
Postpartum Psychosis Stories
No one talks about it as much because it’s a lot rarer than PPD, but postpartum psychosis happens in 1 in 1,000 moms and is a very serious illness. Moms who go through it often fear even more stigmatization than the rest of us, and they shouldn’t have to. Learn more about this illness with the following:
Depression After Miscarriage
There are around one million miscarriages in the US alone each year, and women who lose a baby deal with grief and sometimes also postpartum depression as well. Below we share resources for all the moms who’ve experienced loss. You’re part of the Postpartum Progress community too.
Warrior Moms of Color
In some cultures, talking about depression or anxiety is even more taboo. Imagine then how hard it must be to reach out for help or let anyone know you are struggling as a new mom. Follow are stories about postpartum depression and anxiety from mothers of color.
Mothers of Multiples
Moms of multiples have a higher risk of getting postpartum depression, so we wanted to make sure you can see specific stories from other MOMs who’ve been there.
Post Adoption Depression
Moms who’ve adopted can struggle with depression too.
Depression After Weaning from Breastfeeding
Dysphoric Milk-Ejection Reflex (D-Mer)
Postpartum anger, or postpartum rage, is probably on of the most surprising symptoms that people never expect would be a sign of postpartum depression. Believe it or not, it’s actually pretty common. We hear from moms who’ve never thrown something at a wall in their lives who are stunned at how irritable, mad and flat out ragey they’ve become thanks to PPD.
Lack of Bonding
If you don’t feel bonded to your baby and you are worried whether you’ll ever be able to create an attachment, we understand. It’s scary to think that PPD might prevent the bonding that everyone says is so important to a child’s health and wellbeing. When you read these stories you’ll learn that attachment can be created at any time. All is definitely NOT lost.
Your brain can think thoughts that you have never thought before, that are nothing like how you are as a person, and that scare the living daylights out of you. These thoughts are called intrusive thoughts and they often start with something like “what if,” as in “What if this awful thing happened to my baby?” or “What if I did this terrible deed?” Postpartum intrusive thoughts will have you wondering whether you can be trusted. You should know that women with postpartum OCD will recognize that the scary thoughts are disturbing and will usually be found doing everything they can to avoid even getting near anything that could cause harm.
Postpartum Panic Attacks
Physical Symptoms (headaches, stomach aches, back pain, etc.)
Postpartum Suicidal Thinking
POSTPARTUM CAUSES & RISK FACTORS
Infertility and Postpartum Depression
Family History of Mental Illness
Previous Miscarriage or Perinatal Loss
History of Physical or Sexual Abuse
POSTPARTUM TREATMENT OPTIONS
Asking for Help for Postpartum Depression
Natural Treatments for Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression Treatment
Postpartum Depression Medication
Besides therapy, medication for postpartum depression and anxiety is considered the most effective treatment for moderate to severe illness. So should you take it? What will happen? We know that all of you feel like you shouldn’t need to take a medication to “feel normal,” but at the same time we also know that you want to be a healthy mom. Learn more about medication for PPD here:
Postpartum Depression Therapy
Therapy is one of the two most effective treatments for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (the other being medication). If you’ve never had therapy before you might be worried what it will be like or what will happen in a therapy appointment or why it’s supposed to help with PPD. Check out the following to learn more:
DEALING WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
Going Back to Work
Parenting With A Mental Illness
Having Another Baby After Postpartum Depression
No woman in the world would want to sign up for postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, or psychosis twice. NO. ONE. So should you have another child after PPD? Will you get sick again? Are there things you should know?
Postpartum Depression And Relationships
As if being sick and scared isn’t bad enough, if you have a partner or spouse this person is probably looking at you and wondering what the heck is going on. That’s pretty common, unfortunately, because husbands and partners receive little to no education about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders either, and they’re likely very confused and worried. Here’s what you should know:
Recovery from postpartum depression is almost never a straight line. You’ll have good days and bad, and when you have the bad ones you’ll be worried you’ve relapsed or that you’ll never get better. But you WILL get better. Learn about how to deal with the setbacks:
Self Help for Postpartum Depression
There are things you can do for self care that have the power to make your recovery move along more smoothly. We want you to feel empowered to do small things for yourself that provide you with comfort or calm, a little laugh, a break from the stress. We know it’s easy to feel that taking time away from your baby is selfish, but it isn’t. When you help yourself, it helps your baby too.
This page is a work in progress, so if you feel like there is a section missing or something that really needs to be addressed here, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to reference this page and tell us what topics we’re missing! We want to make sure you feel represented here!!!