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How do you all recommend supporting a friend with postpartum depression? I’ve been through depression myself but haven’t been through having a baby. It seems so hard. I’ve brought her food, texted her encouragement, and checked in with her via text around once a week. Any ideas from those who have been through it? #PostpartumDepression #MentalHealth

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What becoming a mom has done to me.

Hi everyone I’m new here I’m 25 female, and I just recently became a mother at the end of last year. Since becoming a mother has been difficult in more ways then one. Before I was pregnant i had really bad anxiety and depression. When I had found out i was going to be a mom it changed my mindset for the better and I took care of myself in a way I never had before. I was so determined to be a good mom for my baby. When I found out I was also scared because I’ve been dealing with acute pain in my back for 16 years of my life called spondololthesis. So I did ask my doctor if it’s okay for me to have a baby with my condition to make sure it wouldn’t get worse. She told me I was good to go. Little did I know that after I healed from child birth that. I was far from being okay. I’ve been dealing with chronic pain for 4 months. Everyday is a struggle I cry and I have very bad postpartum depression, and anxiety. I am getting help but I just feel so alone becoming a new mom is lonely but so is being in pain at the same time every single day. It’s been nothing but doctors appointments and stress trying to figure out exactly what is going on. I’ve been told it’s a form of sciatica and I have a disc disease. I am going to be getting spine injections and I’m hoping they will help me. If that doesn’t help me I will need surgery. (Back surgery) which is very scary. I feel so alone as much as my fiancée tried to make me feel better and take care of me. I still just feel so alone and I’m supposed to be happy and it’s very difficult to just be happy. My life has changed in more then one way it’s been very difficult to cope with all this change. Please don’t judge me or make me feel worse I just want to feel heard. All of this has been very traumatic.

#Depression #Anxiety #ChronicPain #newmom

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Support group interest

Hello, and Happy New Year!

I am in the process of setting up a virtual support group for expecting and postpartum moms. The Mamas Haven will be it's name and it will be held weekly. You can drop in whenever you need support and connection. Who would be interested in attending? Please comment below if you are interested! I will add you to a list and invite you when the group is up and running!

#PostpartumDisorders #MentalHealth #OtherMentalHealth #PostpartumDepression #PostpartumAnxiety

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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is EntrancingOwl7143. I'm here because I just had my 4th baby and have a history of severe postpartum depression and anxiety on top of being diagnosed with major depressive disorder not pregnant, and I’m just trying to find healthy ways to cope before it gets to bad.

#MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression

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A thought. A story. A reason.

I was 19 when I was pregnant with my first child. I made the choice to keep my baby and find a way to raise them alone. The second one I couldn't.. I feel grief. I wonder about all the what if's. I still cry. I still scream. I still feel guilt, but I made the best decision I could for myself and my child that I already had. They didn't need to lose their mother from complications. I got PPD with both of them.
#Abortion #MentalHealth #physicalhealth #Depression #Anxiety #PostpartumDepression

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To all the moms

Hi everyone. I am a mother of 3 girls, ages 10, 12, and 15. I suffered with postpartum depression after my 2nd, and I don’t think it every went away.. if that’s possible? I’m looking for a support group to talk about some of my feelings through motherhood and see if anyone else can relate. I feel like it’s almost like grief, like I had babies and I was needed, and then I woke up one day and they were all grown and my babies were gone ☹️ I love my girls, and I love seeing them grow and learn and thrive… I just feel like a bit lost. It’s almost like I’ve been trying to catch up and I can never get caught up because I don’t want to leave our old life behind? I don’t know, This might not be making any sense at all.. it’s hard to put words to.

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Support Group For Our Kids?

Does anyone know of a place where children of mentally ill parents can talk to other kids? I had a year long psychotic episode when my kids were four and six. My symptoms started when I was 36, before that I just had postpartum depression and maybe 2 years of cyclothymia. I had nothing until I was in my early 30s. My kids dad and I had a very rough start to coparenting and divorce and joint custody and extended family support after I got out of the hospital. It was a difficult two

months, especially for my younger one. I was a stay at home mom and very close to my children. Their dad had his own emotional problems after my second was born and was acting threatening so I didn’t push him to bond the way he did with my daughter. It took time for all of us to adjust to him being the primary caregiver while I got back in touch with reality. I can parent when I’m not stable, but I can’t do it when I’m psychotic.

We’ve talked about it and the kids are older now (9 and 11) and doing well, but that can’t have been easy. At this point my ex and I are amicable

and have been coparenting smoothly for four years. We may not agree on everything, but we communicate well and agree about the children. We just naturally fell back into a pattern of me being primary caregiver when I stabilized.

Every time I find a story about kids growing up with a parent who acted like I did it’s a complete disaster and the parent never gets better. But most mental illness stories aren’t as extreme

as bipolar one with psychotic features if the parent is doing well.

I’ve been looking for stories similar to what my kids went through so they have someone to talk to and realize the aren’t alone.

Anyway if any one knows of a group for children of mentally ill parents to be able to talk to other kids I’d really appreciate it.

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