When Depression Comes Knocking…

I suffered from Post-Partum Depression (PPD) after I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, Liam. I had written a post earlier about this, but deleted it when I went to revamp Article Alley. It’s often thought that if you suffer from depression (any form) you are alone in the world..or at least that is what the depression wants you to think. It’s completely overwhelming to feel alone in the world. For the longest time, I was ashamed to admit what I was feeling or struggling with. My fiance would watch me retreat into myself, cry, and barely function begging me to talk to him. I couldn’t enjoy anything. Here I had a brand new baby boy, and I wanted nothing to do with him. It got bad enough that I could barely drag myself to my classes and work let alone hanging out with friends, playing with my baby, or doing anything around the house.

What got you out of it?

My fiance finally had enough. He forced me to call my doctor and go in for a sick visit. He insisted I tell her about what I was experiencing even though I was sure that I was just crazy. Imagine my surprise when the doctor told me that I wasn’t crazy and that I wasn’t alone in what I was feeling. My doctor prescribed me some anti-depressants and encouraged me to seek out counseling services.

Did it work?

The medication did work. So did the counseling. I felt better just knowing that what I was experiencing wasn’t something new and isolated to just me. After that, things got better. I started enjoying my classes again and enjoyed spending time with my son. Did I have days where I was sad and feeling down not wanting to do anything? Of course. It wasn’t a magical fix all, but it was an aid. I still had days I struggled but the good days finally outweighed the bad days.

Do you still struggle?

Absolutely. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and that is my biggest battle right now as opposed to PPD (it has been over a year since Liam’s birth), but anxiety is a whole different post. It’s all about finding the coping strategies that work for you whether that is finding a professional to talk to, medication, yoga, or something else. Find what works for you.

Check out other posts of mine regarding mental health such as:

My Mental Health Story

The Meltdown

For more information on Post-Partum Depression check out these links:

https://www.psycom.net/depression.central.post-partum.html

https://www.fitpregnancy.com/parenting/postnatal-health/how-to-help-a-friend-with-postpartum-depression

2 thoughts on “When Depression Comes Knocking…

  1. I had a friend who had PPD like you. She was forced to go get help. Society has painted this image that a person is damaged goods, if they have a mental illness. It is sad.
    I am glad that you posted this to let those with PPD or even depression know that they are not alone. 🙂

    S.E.Isaac

    P.S. I suffer from severe depression, anxiety, and PTSD from my service in Iraq. I know how it feels to just want to retreat from the world. ❤

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    1. The worst part is feeling like you are the only one suffering to me. It’s such a challenge and now it’s hard for me to assimilate anxiety and depression and being a counselor who works with others on these very things.

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