Postpartum depression/anxiety does not discriminate. It does not prey on the weak and take down the willing. It can happen to anyone. 1 in 7 women will experience postpartum depression/anxiety. Chances are you know someone who has had or has it now. Maybe that woman is you.
Listen up: It is not a sign of weakness or failure. No one experiences it the same. Most importantly it is not your fault!
I can’t speak for everyone but here are a few things I have learned from my own experience:
1. We can have good days. We laugh, put make up on and even get out of the house. In fact most women will try extra hard to hide the fact that they are secretly fighting an inner demon. But truthfully not all days are bad. There are some pretty good ones. But on the bad days it can take every ounce of motivation to get out of bed and parent. Those days suck.
2. We constantly worry, even on the good days. It is in the back of our heads, every move we make, life’s what if’s, analyzing our words before we speak them, you name it and we worry about it.
3. If you ask us how we are doing we will most likely say…GREAT! There are a few reasons for this: