Postpartum depression (PPD) can present itself in many different forms. A woman struggling with postpartum depression might not feel depressed. She might be angry or irritable. She might be anxious or harboring dark thoughts.
A woman struggling with postpartum depression might experience personality changes, and not feel like herself. The fact that she is dealing with postpartum depression can spark another round of feeling bad about herself. What kind of mother, she may ask herself, is not blissfully happy to have her new baby?
A woman struggling with postpartum depression has an intensely difficult challenge before her. But treatment and support is available to women dealing with postpartum depression. Greater awareness about PPD is a step in the right direction.
"Carole Sheehan is a nurse at Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona and the founder of the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition. She works to raise awareness about PPD and introduce screening as a method of prevention through prenatal visits. She also encourages the distribution of information about PPD to pregnant women so they have the tools and resources to get help when they need it."