If you are currently suffering from a postpartum mood disorder, I know it’s very difficult if not impossible to feel like you are ever going to reach the end of that dismally dark and dreadful tunnel you’ve been stuck in. But you will. YOU WILL BE WELL AGAIN. Though I can’t say what it’s like to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) through the holidays because I personally didn’t experience that, just know that there are many moms–like me for one–who have suffered from and survived PPD. YOU WILL TOO AND DON’T YOU EVER FORGET IT.
My daughter was born on December 10th and I didn’t get out of the hospital until December 16th. I was fortunate that my bout with PPD didn’t begin until 6 weeks postpartum. Though I was still a bit weak from all the blood loss from the emergency hysterectomy that was performed on me, I was able to send out Christmas cards and birth announcements. I was able to decorate the house and Christmas tree and have my family over for Christmas. But it’s all but a blur, a faint memory. I wasn’t really in the right shape physically, mentally or emotionally to celebrate Christmas. I was just happy to be alive and to have my beautiful, healthy baby girl.
This may be one holiday season that you are not yourself. But this is just one point in time. Once you’ve recovered, there will be many, many more holiday seasons to spend with your family. Now is the time to focus on what’s REALLY important, which is taking care of yourself and your baby. Are you being treated by a medical or mental health care practitioner? If not, make an appointment ASAP. Are you getting the emotional and practical help you need? If not, arrange to get both kinds of help ASAP!
Not sure how to get non-judgmental emotional support from someone trained/experienced to do so? Give the Postpartum Support International warmline a call at (800) 944-4PPD.
So, my friend, I’d like to leave you with this message: You will get through this. Soon, your PPD days will be behind you. NEVER LOSE HOPE!!!
Wishing you all the best this holiday season and in 2010!