Surviving postpartum depression

This Too Shall Pass – Surviving Postpartum Depression

#7 of Overcoming Challenges Series

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This article is not intended, in any way, to represent medical advice. For medical advice, always contact your physician or call 911 for a medical emergency.

Surviving postpartum depression

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Today, I welcome a friend and fellow blogger, Beth Elkassih, to talk to you about her experience with Surviving Postpartum Depression. In her words, “This Too Shall Pass.”

Her story is both interesting and enlightening. For those of us who did not experience postpartum depression, this is definitely a topic we need to be informed about. It will be our opportunity to assist our family members and friends with, if the need arises.

For those of you who lived with postpartum depression, you will appreciate this insightful article.

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Surviving Postpartum Depression

By Beth Elkassih, Author
@ Made You Smile Back

First, I want to thank Louise Pistole for inviting me to be a guest blogger on her popular blog, Discover Your Joy – Splashes of Joy to Inspire You As a PPD (post-partum depression) survivor, I strongly believe in both speaking up and writing about PPD to help raise awareness for new mothers and for mothers currently suffering the throes of this somewhat unfamiliar condition. I take pride to do my part in removing the stigma of mental illness.

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Cheers for motherhood! I clearly remember those precious times when I first became a Mother and caring for my first daughter. I was in total bliss, and yes, I didn’t get a lot of sleep, but it wasn’t for the usual ‘baby up crying routine’… No, I spent many a day in the early months of just ‘watching with love and care’ when my daughter was sleeping. I was in heaven.

In fact, I was one of those ‘mothers’ who just couldn’t understand why anyone could ever feel any type of sadness when caring for these ‘bundles of love and joy’! And sure, I recognized being tired, being sleep-deprived from time and time and indeed experienced the ‘baby blues’, but isn’t this the norm? Little did I know, I had no idea what I was talking about and would soon come face to face with a full-blown case of acute Postpartum Depression with my 3rd child! 

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For further reading, “5 Common Myths About The Mental Health Of New Moms”

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For those of you reading this who are mothers already or are mothers-to-be and never experienced this condition, let me share with you some of the highlights that most mothers are too ashamed to tell…

With the birth of my 3rd daughter via C-Section and major complications, I found myself in the hospital for 2 weeks after the delivery. Unbeknown to me, PPD kicked in rather quickly while in recovery at the hospital. The first symptoms were ‘vivid color enhancements’ of everything I observed.

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Here are some of the symptoms of PPD you may not be aware of

 *       Becoming irritated easily and becoming somewhat ‘paranoid’ of what everyone is saying.

*       Being obsessive to the point of even writing every minute detail of everything you feel is important.

*        Not only heightened sense of colors but also of ‘hearing’ or sound.

*        Not sleeping… intentionally.

*        Being detached and distant to your loved ones, especially your baby.

*        Acute PPD can also show up with hearing ‘voices’ and the worse care scenario can be of ‘hallucinating’ and not being in touch with reality. This is the most serious of PPD known as Postpartum Psychosis.

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I’ll never forget the day my husband came home and saw me on the couch in a stupor of sadness. He had had enough. “Why don’t you just snap out of it!”, he says to me. And with blinding tears streaming down my face, all I could say was “Don’t you think if I could, I would?! Do you think I really want to feel this bad?!”

Fortunately, my younger sister and best friend figured out that I needed help; I needed professional help. In which I did receive, from a loving, caring Psychiatrist. I was provided treatment which consisted of 24-hour observational care for 3 days on an out-patient basis, given proper medication and went to counseling every week for six months. 

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You may also want to read, “Why Do So Many New Moms Get Postpartum Depression?”

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Yes, I came out the other side and I want to emphasize to all reading…’this too shall pass’ for those who find themselves suffering. You just need to ‘reach out’ and tell someone you trust and if they don’t listen, then FIND SOMEONE ELSE to reach out to. Learn the symptoms. Be prepared and by all means, discuss with your doctor BEFORE the birth of your baby.

And for those of you who may know of someone going through this, show up. Don’t just offer your help, actually help. Reach out to them. Show up, do some cleaning, do some cooking, do some childcare. And if you have to, DRIVE them to their doctor and be their advocate. Be there and be present.

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There is no greater love than the love of a mother and a child. This never changes and there is hope on the other side. 

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For additional information, please check out this blog ‘Just Want To Be Happy’ to learn how you can become your own best ‘advocate’ in getting the self-care you deserve to have.

And, to read more of Beth’s posts, this link will take you to the home page of her blog. https://madeyousmileback.com

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This article is not intended, in any way, to represent medical advice. For medical advice, always contact your physician or call 911 for a medical emergency.

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Thank you, Beth, for sharing your abundance of knowledge on Surviving Postpartum Depression. It is real and we are all better prepared to recognize the symptoms and offer our assistance.

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