Postpartum depression is a depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue.
Before kids, everything was easier. We could get drunk and then get drunk again for hungover. We could have loud sex. Stay up all night.
Those things are trivial and you forget about them fast. You adjust to the new life and let it go easily. You make jokes about it and laugh at people without kids who think that life is hard.
There is one thing that changed for me, that was impossible for me to accept or adjust to. I was suffering for postpartum depression.
I am naturally very happy person so I could not understand what is it and why is it happening to me. Nobody besides my husband believed me or understood me. I hated myself and I wanted to disappear not to harm my family.
Depression and kids
How could I take care of kids? All I wanted was to stay in bed and cry. But I couldn’t because I had two active toddlers running around me all the time.
They needed my attention, my smiles, cuddles and activities. Most importantly, they needed my positive energy. They needed happy mum.
The pressure of motherhood is very high. Everyone expects you to be flowers and happy about your children. Depression is not allowed today. It is not understood.
Postpartum Depression hurts more than some physical sickness. Without good help or support, it can become very dangerous.
Did you know that “1 in 7 Moms and 1 in 10 Dads suffer from postpartum depression”? Getting help is very hard. Meds are scary. Therapy costs fortune. And which parent has time for it?
Free postpartum depression resources
How to Stay Above the Blues
I was a point where I wanted to leave my family. Luckily, I found a way to fight it.
I decided to write a short guide on How to Stay Above the Blues confessing what I did to stay alive. I wanted to share it with everyone for free because I believe that all parents should have access to help as soon as they can.
This book was the start of my creative tourney. I started to draw.