Getting over postpartum depression is a challenging process but it is not impossible.At first,it must be explained what postpartum depression is.It is a kind of mental illness like any other depression which emerges following the child birth.But it is not unique to mothers,seen in both parents.Between 9 and 18 percent of women face to this trouble but most prefer to stay silent in this issue.
Symptoms include sadness and hopelessness.Experts say it should not be confused with the baby blues.Baby blues is experienced by 80 percent of the mothers.Also,it is used to describe temporary feelings like sadness,worry and fatigue.
On the other hand,postpartum depression is a long-term depression.It leads women to feel prolonged and intense anxiety,sadness and exhaustion.Furthermore,as the situation worsens,the mothers think harming tehmselves or even babies as a way of dealing.
”It’s the biggest obstacle to treatment,” Wendy N. Davis, executive director of Postpartum Support International, told. “Women put so much pressure on themselves to be perfect that even when they find themselves having difficult symptoms, they put pressure on themselves to get over it.”
Maybe,societies impose the what the ideal motherhood is.As a result,mothers who dont go through the casual process as other mother do, feel guilty .Additionally,they refuse to accept their depression.
“We live in a culture that doesn’t embrace a woman saying out loud, ‘You know what? I don’t feel like being a mom right now,'” Karen Kleiman, founder and director of the Postpartum Stress Center in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, told. “Our society doesn’t really support women the way they do in other parts of the world, quite frankly. You are expected to have your baby, get up, go back to work or make dinner, keep going. We don’t really have a postpartum culture that’s very well developed here.”
Actress Hayden Panettierealso talked about her battle with postpartum depression months after giving birth to her daughter.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding,” Panettiere said. “There’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that, ‘Oh, it’s hormones.’ They brush it off. [But] it’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful, and it’s really scary, and women need a lot of support.”
Counseling,medication and antidepressants are the most common treatment options to get over postpartum depression.