By: The Children's Institute
What is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is characterized by an onset of feelings like deep sadness, worthlessness, guilt, shame, and anxiety, within a year after giving birth that last more than two weeks. PPD is painful, can feel isolating, and more importantly, IT IS COMMON.
Women who experience PPD may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or like they are failing as a mother.
One in 7 women experiences postpartum depression
Though that number is likely higher, given the stigma around it. In recent years, however, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of addressing PPD and supporting women who experience it.
Here are four ways we can destigmatize PPD as individuals:
Share personal stories of your struggle with PPD or becoming a parent in general
Normalize seeking help
Educate the public
Involve partners, family members and friends in the discussion about PPD
How can therapy help women with postpartum depression?
By providing emotional support, identifying negative thought patterns, teaching coping skills, improving communication with partners/family, and addressing underlying issues.
Providing tools and support to manage symptoms, improve mood, and build a stronger support system.