Postpartum Depression… Baby Blues… just laziness… overweight… get over it! Yep, that is the digression I have faced the past year or so, and then some. “Just get out of the house more and you’ll be fine”, “Lose some weight and you will feel SO much better!”, “EVERY Mom gets the Baby Blues like this, it’ll pass soon.”, “You have postpartum depression. We are going to up your medication and if you aren’t better in a few weeks, we will admit you.”
When a Mother (Or Father, yes it can happen to them too!) get postpartum, it literally makes you feel like a crazy person! No, you really DON’T want to die, or leave your children, or love them less. It’s almost like there’s an evil being that’s fighting for space in your thoughts, but never makes it to your actions… thank goodness! When you tell someone who’s depressed, of any kind, telling them to ‘get over it’ or if your solution to it is one sentence or less, than YOU are the one who needs to get help on compassion and understanding. This is the worst thing I have ever been through to date, and I hope this is the hardest thing I have gone through for the rest of my life. It’s like watching the movie “Men in Black” when the alien is in the human’s head running it… the depression is the alien.
I wish there was no stigma on postpartum… it’s a scary place to be and to handle. I don’t have the answers, not even at all, but I am slowly getting back to myself and I hope everyone is able to get to that little sliver of light at the end. You can and WILL make it if you are handling any kind of depression… YOU ARE WORTH IT, and YOU ARE LOVED!!!!!