‘This is me, at the peak of my postpartum depression. I asked Shiloh to take a picture of me, so I could remember how far I’d come, if I ever came out of it. I was lower than low, I wasn’t even myself.
Looking back at this photo I remember perfectly the pain I felt, the dread in waking up everyday, the physical pain that engulfed me from thoughts in my brain. I had never known consuming, mind altering emotion such as this that flooded every fiber of my being, making its way through my veins like a plague.
This is what postpartum depression looks like, or at least what it did for me. I didn’t want to leave this life, but it seemed like the only way that would rid me of the pain I was in. I didn’t ask for it, it wasn’t welcome.
But there it was, and I kicked its ****ing ass and beat it to the ground before I let it consume me, or much worse, take my life’ –
Full Credit @themanifestingmamma
If you feel you may have postpartum depression please speak with your Gp, health visitor or midwife, you are not alone, you will get better with help don’t suffer in silence.
A mother may:
Feel constantly tired
Cry often for no apparent reason
Worry excessively about her own or the baby’s health
Have a lack of feeling for the baby
Have difficulty sleeping or eating
Have problems concentrating
Have frightening thoughts or fantasies
Feel an overwhelming sense of loss
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