We Pause For a Moment…

24 Sep

to bring you this public service announcement.

Just this past week, on a forum I frequent we were informed of the passing of a young mother with two small daughters. She was overcome by the disorder known as Postpartum Depression/Postpartum Psychosis and took her own life.

Too long has there been a stygma attached to this disorder, causing women to feel ashamed to seek help or talk about how they feel. After all, we just had beautiful healthy babies. What is there to be depressed about? Lots of women can’t have children at all, we should feel grateful. We do feel grateful. It’s not lack of gratitude that causes PPD. It is a disease like diabetes or cancer. You wouldn’t feel ashamed to seek help for those illnesses, so why should women feel ashamed to seek help for postpartum depression?

Please, if you are suffering from PPD/PPP, talk to your doctor. There is help to be had. Don’t suffer in silence. Don’t allow this disease to swallow you whole. If you suspect that someone you know is suffering from PPD/PPP, please reach out to them and let them know that you’re there to help. Encourage them to get the help they need.

1-800-273-TALK is a Free 24 Hour Hotline that directs you to your closest crisis center http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Postpartum Support International

Thank you for your time. Next post I will return to my regularly scheduled blogging.

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2 Responses to “We Pause For a Moment…”

  1. Simply Me September 25, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    I did not know PPD could cause someone to take her own life ..how sad for that woman’s family ..Thank you for sharing this and raising awareness ..

  2. Nadja October 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Just wanted to say thank you for this post. As an OB nurse who suffered from PPD, I’m glad that there are people out there spreading this information. Even with the knowledge I have about it, I still failed to recognize it in me for almost an entire year! I’m glad I finally got the help that I needed. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside to point out the most obvious things. Thanks again.

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