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‘This mum thing is hard’
‘I wish I wanted to hold my baby, but I don’t’
‘I’m not crazy!’
‘Please, don’t judge me…help me…I want to love my baby’
These are the voices that a woman suffering from Postpartum Depression (PPD) hears in her head, hours after bringing her newborn into the world.
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women shortly before or soon after childbirth, but commonly begins within a month after delivery. This under-recognized and under-treated disorder can affect any woman of childbearing age.
Considered the last taboo of modern health, postpartum depression / postnatal mood disorders affect women, men and families across all economic and cultural backgrounds and the symptoms can be some of the most difficult to recognize.
It is a condition that effects more then 1 in 10 mothers who have no prior history of mental or mood disorder issues.
The percentages are even higher for women who are also dealing with poverty, and can be twice as high for teen parents. Ten percent of women experience depression in pregnancy.
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Did you know? 1 in 10 women suffer from postpartum depression.
Symptoms can start anytime during pregnancy or the first year postpartum. They differ for everyone, and might include the following:
- Feelings of anger or irritability
- Lack of interest in the baby
- Appetite and sleep disturbance
- Crying and sadness
- Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness
- Loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
- Possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself
Postpartum and antepartum depression are temporary and treatable with professional help. Please seek help. I’ve attached two videos, one of which was a show I hosted on Monday Special a few months ago where Lucy Mwangi, a television producer, shared her story. Find that link here – http://youtu.be/5NOj4Ud0ryY
The second video is a short film preview that has been produced by the same Lucy and her colleague Eve D’souza, both of Moonbeam Productions. It’s intense, it’s honest, it’s raw. Watch it and share with someone who may be going through this dark journey. Man or woman. Here it is – https://youtube.com/watch?v=twmT-Nnz6AQ
Here’s hoping that after reading this post and watching these videos, you or someone you know will be able to get the help needed.