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Postpartum Depression - Where Can Moms Find Help?
I've share here before about my struggles in the past with postpartum depression. It's such a battle. Maybe you are in this battle right now, maybe you know someone who is. But do you know where to go for help?
You know that the best place to find help is by finding a psychotherapist in your area. Often they are covered by insurance, so check for their recommendations. They may also recommend a psychiatrist or psychologist for you to go to for treatment.
After you've found the professionals, what next? Next is coping, self-care, and educating yourself.
Self-help for postpartum depression
- Find someone you can talk to about your feelings.
- Find people who can help you with child care, housework, and errands so you can get some much needed rest.
- Make time for yourself every day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Do something relaxing or that makes you feel good about yourself.
- Keep a daily diary of your emotions and thoughts. This is a good way to let everything out and to keep track of your progress as you begin to feel better.
- Give yourself credit for the things you’re able to accomplish, even if you only get one thing done in a day. If you aren’t able to get anything done, don’t be hard on yourself.
- Give yourself permission to feel overwhelmed.
- Remember that no one expects you to be supermom.
- Be honest about how much you can do and ask others for help.
- Join a support group.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
The internet can be a huge source of support for moms with PPD. Search around and you'll find a tribe you can confide in and who will support you through this battle.
What are your tips for moms going through the PPD struggle?