Unfortunately, many women experience postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. While common, this illness is still misunderstood, and even some mothers do not fully realize its severity. There are some myths about postpartum depression that all new mothers should be aware of, because some of the myths are harmful and prevent people from seeking help when they really need it. Myth: It's normal to be depressed after your have a baby.
After developing a chronic physical illness, I soon began realizing that the disease plagued my mind almost more than it did my body. While my illness is not life-threatening, it was very difficult accepting that I would have to take medication for the rest of my life and eat a strict diet. After a year of depression, I finally overcame my fear of "exposing" my feelings to others and made an appointment with a mental health counselor. With her help, I was able to see the "silver linings" in life that I had greatly taken for granted before I became ill. I now encourage anyone who is battling an illness of any type to seek the psychological help they need. I plan to post lots of little mental health tips and tricks on my new blog along with advice for choosing a good counselor. Please come back soon!