Does Postnatal Depression Go Away?
Yes! Absolutely! Postnatal Depression is very treatable and with the right support from your family and GP you can fully recover from the effects of Postpartum Depression.
Of course each case is very different as is the length of the recovery period. Things like how long was it before you sought treatment, how severe is your illness and how well the treatments you receive are working for you, will impact on the length of your recovery – but it is totally possible. The sooner you start on your road to recovery the sooner you will get back on track. (Please don’t leave it 18 months like me, bad idea!)
If you feel your treatment plan isn’t working for you its important that you speak up and let your health visitor and GP know, there are many treatments available and it can be trial and error finding what’s best for you. All medications affect people differently. I fully support the use of antidepressants as a treatment for Postpartum Depression, I know some are not keen on taking them but for me they have worked wonders.
Having someone to talk through your feelings with is a massive help, it can be a friend, partner or health professional. Whoever it is – its important to to be honest – don’t worry about what other people think, as long as you are doing what’s best for you and your family that’s all that matters.
It’s also very important that you look after yourself too, a healthy diet and a little fresh air and exercise can go along way. Please be patient on your recovery journey, its best to take it slow to minimize the risk of a relapse. Don’t stop taking your medication as soon as you start to feel better, its important to listen to your GP’s advice regarding weaning of your tablets. It can be a long and slow process – but one that’s best done properly.
Each recovery plan is different, each length of recovery is different – don’t compare yourself to other mums with postnatal depression, your plan is the only one you need to worry about. Its not about getting better quickly or that so-and-so recovered in 6 months – its about YOU. Give yourself a break woman.
Yes it can suck having a mental illness but it doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong or that you aren’t cut out to be a mum – far from it – mental illness can and does happen to anybody and any point in their life. You aren’t failing your baby – You are a good mum! if you weren’t a good mum you would be so worried thinking your a bad mum! Postnatal Depression is temporary and you can and will get better.
Don’t worry about set-backs and having bad days / weeks it happens and is part of the recovery, not every day is perfect but that’s OK. Be kind to yourself, you have an illness, this does not make you a bad person, we all get unwell and whether its physical or mental its important to get proper treatment.
Mummy It’s OK – You’re Doing Great!