Postpartum Depression is NOT just Depression
I do a lot of research about Postpartum Mood Disorder and talk to a lot of women and, of course, any “expert” that will talk with me about it. As a result of my experience, I have a lot of my own theories, thoughts, and opinions about Postpartum Depression.
Someone recently asked me what kind of “Awareness” I would hope to see spread to the point that everyone you could meet would know. That’s a tough question because there’s so much to talk about but I think because there’s lots of other things happening in terms of awareness one of the biggest for me is to let women know this:
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is Not One Disorder
For a long time, I’d noticed that Postpartum Depression is talked about as if it’s “one disorder”. In fact, Postpartum Depression is the common term used as if it’s expected that women will recognize that symptoms such as OCD, Anxiety, Panic, BiPolar, Psychosis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are a part of it. I had trouble finding any information about postpartum anxiety and it’s still often buried at the bottom of long lists of symptoms of PPD. Women are falling through the cracks because of it. People need to know – Postpartum (and in fact, Perinatal Mood Disorders) are actually a group of disorders:
ANXIETY ~ OCD ~ BIPOLAR ~ DEPRESSION ~ PSYCHOSIS ~ PANIC
~POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER~
Perinatal Mood Disorders are
under-diagnosed and under-treated
the most common complication of pregnancy.
Postpartum Psychosis is a medical emergency – if you or someone you know is suffering call 9-1-1
If you need immediate help, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
If you are looking for local pregnancy or postpartum support and resources in your area, please call or email:
Postpartum Support International
Warmline (English & Spanish)