The Countdown is On
May 20, 2016
Postpartum depression is a sneaky devil that affects about 20% of women who have recently given birth. Causes are thought to be biological, environmental and social and despite its prevalence there are many people who deny the painful realty that motherhood and mental illness sometimes go hand in hand.
About six weeks prior to giving birth I was hit hard by undiagnosed antenatal depression that went untreated - it left me completely sleepless and unable to function.
After giving birth I was wracked with deepening depression, extreme anxiety and finally diagnosed in April of 2014 with postpartum depression, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. My fight to reclaim my health was further hindered by ongoing insomnia, chronic pain, digestive problems and the struggle to find an effective medication that didn't leave me debilitated by its side effects. Finally, in January 2015 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia as a result of the chaos that was my postpartum period.
Postpartum Progress saved my life. Without their resources and peer support community I would have been lost. Postpartum Progress:
- Provides information about postpartum mood disorders in easy to understand formats that demystify mental illness. They're working to end stigma.
- Connects women who are currently struggling and those who have recovered using the power of social media. Peer support is an effective treatment or adjunctive treatment for mood disorders. It provides women with hope, understanding and eliminates the fear of judgement and shame.
- Amplifies the patient voice and works collaboratively with health care providers, researchers and other policy influencers to get maternal mental health on the agenda.
- Inspires, comforts, and gives women the courage to fight for their health and that of their families.
Please join me in raising awareness and funds for this incredible organization and the amazing work it does and the lives saved by its outreach.