It’s easy to believe you’re stupid. Dense. I mean, how could you possibly not know you have PPD or anxiety right? Well, you’re not stupid at all. Not dense. Not even unusual. So many moms have no idea what’s wrong with them, and no idea that what they are feeling and experiencing could be symptoms of postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD or psychosis.
I wanted to share this news story with you from Atlanta. It features Sarah Schwartz, who runs Mental Health America of Georgia. It’s a great story for a lot of reasons, but what I love most about it is that Sarah explains that even though she is a mental health expert she still had no idea what was wrong with her. It’s not just you. I didn’t know what was wrong with me, and Sarah didn’t either, so if you didn’t know, no you know you’re not alone!! That’s why we have so much more work to do to raise awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like PPD.
MHA of Georgia is hosting an event called Move for Moms to raise money for Project Healthy Moms, a Georgia-centered campaign to raise awareness and train more physicians in our state to recognize and effectively treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Go here to learn more!