Did you see this? You’re famous!
Thank you to all the Postpartum Progress readers who contributed to the “25 things never to say to a mom with postpartum depression” article, which has generated more than 5,000 reads both at BlogHer and now at NBC’s Today Moms site. It’s exciting to see that a lot of people are learning how NOT to treat someone who has a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. But we have more work to do …
The question I’m now getting is, “Okay. But what should you say to a new mom who is suffering?” I’m working on that story, of course, but I want to include your input.
Mom808 on the Todays Moms site suggested:
- I didn’t have that — what is that like for you? Help me understand.
- What can I do to help?
- Can I come over and [insert household or childcare task] so you can [nap, shower, read etc.]?
What do you think people should say if they see you are struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety as a new mother? Do you want them to offer help and if so what kind? Do you want them to suggest resources like PSI? What should they say about what you are going through? Share your comments below.
Also, if you haven’t had the chance, please hop over to the Today Moms site and thank them for sharing info on PPD. The more positive and educational stories that appear in the media, the better!