The Postpartum Depression Community Gave Me Hope
Editor's Note: Postpartum depression is debilitating, but sadly, it's not a topic many women discuss. Over at Postpartum Progress, however, Amber Koter-Puline has collected stories from seven different women who not only made it through postpartum depression but went on to have more children. Here is a taste from one of the contributors, Amy Brannan. -- AVF
I never had any symptoms until my daughter was five months old. I went to numerous doctors because I knew something was "off" but no one mentioned postpartum depression ever and that is the hardest thing for me to still accept. I finally started doing my own research and found a website about postpartum depression (PPD) -- I had every symptom listed.
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In 2008, my husband and I went to my doctor and I was finally diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety with OCD tendencies. I started counseling and medication when my baby was ten months old, and this continued for two and a half years. In late 2010, I wasn't getting better. I felt like I was stuck almost over the last hurdle.
I was encouraged to start seeing a psychiatrist and she helped tremendously. I also began to diligently start seeking out women who have or have had postpartum depression which was when I found PPD blogs and finally started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Facebook, PPDChat and this group of survivor moms saved my life and my sanity.
If you liked Amy's story, go over to Postpartum Progress and read the rest of this incredible series here.