National Maternal Depression Awareness Month: If You Have PPD, You're Not Alone! by Stephanie Cannoe
While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20 percent of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety, according to Postpartum Support International. Given the demands of motherhood, it is normal to be tired, feel overwhelmed or simply be adjusting, so it may be hard to recognize symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD).
Women are often afraid to be seen as complaining or not able to handle this role. Mental health stigma does exist. Recognize that it IS a medical condition and not a sign of failure. If you are experiencing significant symptoms, please know that you are NOT ALONE and it is not shameful to admit that you need help. Schedule a complete medical evaluation, including thyroid screening, as under- or overactive thyroid and other diseases can mimic symptoms of PPD. Share the HOPE.