If you follow parenting sites like this one on social media, you’re seeing that finally, postpartum depression is being openly talked about. Brave mamas who’ve dealt with it are breaking free from the shame and stigma that accompanies postpartum depression and leads many to suffer in silence, and in doing so, they are empowering other mamas to get help. It truly is an example of how God can use even terrible things for good and bring beauty from ashes.
The most recent raw post about postpartum depression signs to go viral explains some of the condition’s hidden symptoms.
After experiencing postpartum depression and struggling for a couple of years, mom Krysti Motter says in a Facebook post, “I get it. I finally get it.” She goes on to say that you really can’t understand until you experience it, and details what concerned family and friends can look for in a new mom they love, so that they can’t say “I had no idea” like so many loved ones do when a new mom has a breakdown or dies by suicide. A caveat for you: Motter says in an edit to her post that not all of these words are original to her, so know that going in. However, based on the over 100k shares it got and the fact that postpartum depression really needs to be talked about, I feel comfortable sharing it with you. Motter’s post says, in full:
Photographer: Taylor LaKae Rawlings
EDIT: Since people are big mad and threatening me over a FACEBOOK post, I’ll just say this. Yes, some of this came from someone else’s post. I added a lot of personal things to it and corrected errors. I shared it to my small group of friends and multiple people were asking me to make it public so I did. I never claimed to have written it, I just shared her idea. But whether you agree with it or not, 101k people have shared this. That means 101k people are finally TALKING about it. And that’s huge! As moms, we need all the support we can get. And like one of my friends said,
(Side note: as a writer, I do not agree with her that everything is copied from someone else. But that’s not the point here.)
Postpartum depression signs might be hidden—so ASK.
After sharing one mom’s tragic postpartum suicide a couple of years ago, I now ask every new mom I know if they are experiencing postpartum depression. Even if you don’t suspect, ASK! Your brave question could make ALL the difference in the life of a young mom and her family.
Did you experience postpartum depression? What do you want your friends and family to know about it?