Dealing With Postpartum Depression. Part 2

By Oscar

What lead to that point was indeed the lowest I had ever felt in my life. I was suicidal and delusion. Childrens’ Service Bureau asked me to voluntarily give over temporary guardianship of my daughter so I could seek help. I just wanted to die. I felt like the most terrible mother in the world. What had caused this? When had I gotten so depressed that I couldn’t even function as a normal human being anymore?
I was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis is the rarest and most severe of all postpartum disorders. It affects one in 1,000 women and usually occurs in the first three weeks after birth.
Unfortunately, I knew little about postpartum disorders and didn’t recognize the warning signs. I believe my problem was that I was not educated on the subject of postpartum disorders. No childbirth or parenting class, book or magazine article prepared me to be able to cope with postpartum psychosis.
I am doing better these days. I am still not 100 percent, but I expected a lengthy recovery. My treatment includes intense psychotherapy and medication management. You do not have to be ashamed of any postpartum disorders. I’m not. I communicate with my husband. I let my doctor and therapist know exactly how I’m feeling. I get someone to help me with the baby. I seek support from my family and friends. I pamper myself as much as possible.
Taking care of your mental health after delivery is as important and taking care of your physical health. Just remember when you think no one will understand, you are not alone. I am one of the many women who suffer from some type of postpartum disorder. Do not be afraid to communicate your feelings to a friend or loved one. No matter who you are, some time in your life you may experience some type of depression after the birth of your child. You are not alone.

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