Warrior Moms of the Week: Why Postpartum Depression Is NOT A Cop Out or A Choice

fighting postpartum depression, Warrior MomIt’s been a while since I’ve had the time to do a Warrior Moms of the Week post (I know, I know, please don’t make me feel more guilty about it than I already do), but I just can’t let it go by this week without mentioning three people:

First, go see Lexy at Mammywoo, whose praises I sing nonstop because she’s that good of a writer, writing about why postpartum depression, or depression of any kind for that matter, is NOT a lifestyle choice.  A must read.

Second, Katie is about to have another baby after having had postpartum depression, and she writes about her worries. Her normal, perfectly-good-mom worries.

Finally, you know I normally take it upon myself to speak pretty loudly and firmly when I see stigma and misinformation being spread.  Yesterday, I saw a mother tweet about whether postpartum depression is really a cop-out.  I responded that it is not, but she wasn’t willing to let it go.  She doesn’t understand the difference between postpartum depression and psychosis.  She doesn’t understand that some people can be truly incapacitated by illnesses like postpartum psychosis.  And she wasn’t willing to understand.  I planned on responding here today, until I read Esther’s post.  Esther is a Warrior Mom and blogger at Through The Tunnel: Life After PPD and she responded in a way that needs nothing added from me.  Thanks for fighting the stigma Esther!!!

About Katherine Stone

is the creator of this blog, and the founder and executive director of Postpartum Progress. She has been named a WebMD Health Hero, one of the fiercest women in America by More magazine, and one of the 15 most influential patient advocates to follow. She is a survivor of postpartum OCD.

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  1. This just pretty much made my whole day. Thank you Katherine!

  2. Lexy @ mommywoo, that was beautifully written!!!

  3. just read Esther's artical too…WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!

    yes, those who have never suffered a PPMD just can not comprehend what it really is like. (I know that I certainly have a different view on PPD after experiencingn it than I did before I experienced it!) I just wish they would take a moment to stop and think and research before they judge!!


    • which is exactly the reason why I've had such a difficult time letting my friends and family know that I have had PPD.–I know that they don't understand it and will judge me out of ignorance.