Postpartum Depression

Many women struggle with relentless worry after having a baby. Here's what they wish their loved ones understood about the disorder.
"I loved this tiny human so much, and I was so petrified of losing him, it consumed every fibre of my being."
"The very last thing that occurred to me was that our child, so long-awaited and wished-for, could tip me into an emotional free fall."
"Women with postpartum are at a greater risk for substance abuse compared to postpartum women without depressive symptoms."
"My determination to feed my son in the 'right' way evolved into a crippling postpartum depression that stripped every ounce of joy from early motherhood."
Postpartum depression, which affects 1 in 8 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads, can show up in subtle ways at work.
"It’s ridiculous that the doctor thought I was safe to go home. But this scenario occurs too often, and this is exactly how tragedies can happen."
"I looked in the mirror and hated myself. Not the way I looked, but something deeper."
"Hormonal. Sleep deprivation. Fogginess. Physical pain. Isolation. Anxiety."