Yes, it is a title of a piece I wrote for Band Back Together, but it is also the truth. God forgive me for being so vulgar but it is the truth.
Living in the hell that is postpartum depression is lonely and scary. The thing is – you don’t have to do it alone. Please find on this page as much support as you can for women suffering through postpartum depression. Also, I have included help for their partners.
Postpartum progress Inc. (PPI) – PPI is the single greatest site for finding information on any mood disorder affecting a mother prenatally or post. Will help you find a local group. Offers an encouraging newsletter, Daily Hope, to be emailed to you – daily.
Not sure you have postpartum depression (PPD)? Please find the description of PPD in Plain Mama English here. Also, here is the description of postpartum psychosis in plain mama English. Do not be afraid if you think you have either – the worst thing to do is not say anything. Saying nothing to anyone can do more damage to your brain than good. Believe me – I speak from experience.
Here is the Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale (EPDS). Its a good indicator to see if you may or may not have postpartum depression. As the site says: “If you feel you might be suffering from postpartum depression, it could be helpful to complete this interactive quiz and share the results with you health care provider.” Please, if you feel you may be at risk or are currently suffering from postpartum depression, please share these results with you care provider. Again, do not take that as a medical diagnosis, it is just a good indicator of whether you need to talk to a doctor or not.
My Postpartum Voice – excellent blog by Lauren Hale. She talks about everything related to maternal health. She is the leader of the #PPDArmy and conducts #PPDchat every Monday at 1p and 830p EST on Twitter. She is always there to lend a helping hand and a loving word.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) – Great site for help finding information on any mood disorder affecting a mother prenatally or post. Will help you find a support group.
Don’t know what to do when your partner is suffering through the hell of their life but you want to do something? Here is a great page of information on PSI.
Here are some other sites that offer help to those suffering from PPD:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK)
Some more stuff I found for partners
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