How To Deal With Postpartum Depression

By | November 7, 2018

Postpartum Depression. The phrase alone sounds scary and when you learn more about it and what it is, you realize not only is it scary but also sad.

Back in the day, you used to hear people talk about having Baby Blues but that is NOT what postpartum depression. Postpartum is a real condition that affects mothers of newborn babies and brings on feelings of great sadness and hopelessness.

Join me on Thursday night, October 8 at 9 pm Eastern/6PM Pacific on our weekly Mental Health & Wellness group call as I’m joined by Lauren Hale, a postpartum sufferer, blogger, writer for Good Men Project and a friend for many years.

Lauren will be discussing her struggles as well as how postpartum affects the men in the lives of women who suffer from this terrible disease. Postpartum is a severe form of depression and not just a little sadness at being a new mom.

With the depression comes anxiety and I can tell you from experience, though not postpartum experience, that the combination of depression and anxiety can be overwhelming and put your life into a tailspin.

What causes postpartum depression? It’s not just one thing but rather a combination of the natural drop of both estrogen and progesterone hormones in a woman’s body after childbirth. This leads to a chemical change in the brain that triggers mood swings.

Factor in the lack of sleep mothers tend to get after childbirth and the sleep deprivation can lead to physical exhaustion, which is another contributing factor.

These are just a few of the things we’ll be talking about. To learn more or to join in the conversation, please join us on Thursday night for a more extensive look at this problem.

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