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Why I Shout About Postpartum Depression & Mum Life
It’s no secret to those of you who follow Mummyitsok that I have postnatal /postpartum depression and have done for the last 3 years. I shout about it, blog about it, tweet about it and just generally try to a whole lot of noise about it to anybody that will listen. I feel its important to try to raise awareness of this illness as a lot of mums do not seek help for a long time if at all. I want all mums to know its OK to go ask for help.
Why do I make so much noise about it? Well here’s just one example – the other day on a well known news site a new mum had wrote about her PND/PPD and how it had affect her and her relationship with her newborn (which was very brave of her so well done). My heart sank it was all a very familiar feeling, poor love – I’d been exactly where she was now. I was sat reading through the comments and there were several along the lines of – ‘everyone seems to have a mental illness these days’ ‘is this now the fashionable thing to have’ ‘all the celebs seem to have it and its always in the news so now everyone thinks they have it’.
Of course you can imagine my displeasure at the person commenting. This wonderful mum had poured her heart out about her struggles with Postnatal Depression only to get comments back about how PND its the latest fashion accessory to have like all the celebs. (don’t worry I wrote a lovely comment back).
That’s when it dawned on me even with multiple PND blogging mums out there, many campaigns by mental health charities and celebs talking about their personal experience’s trying to highlight a very real problem – it seems mental health still isn’t taken as seriously as physical health. Why I’m not sure. Seems as soon as you say ‘mental health’ it gets associated with ‘you’re crazy’ this perception of those with mental health issues needs to stop. We are not all sat in a white padded cell in a strait-jacket rocking away to ourselves (OK a few of us might be but you know where I’m coming from).
I will keep on shouting about Postnatal Depression to Mums everywhere. I will shout to let them know yes its a illness, yes its real, but one that you can totally recover from. I will keep shouting until everyone knows and understands about PND so mums are not scared or worried about asking for help. So that we can get the right type of help that we need to support us through a difficult time in our life. Remember having PND doesn’t make you a bad mum.
Yes the main niche of this blog is postnatal depression but I do write about other topics of interest to mums, such as formula feeding, mum guilt and our toddlers! I feel it’s important to include all other parenting topics, yes we have postnatal depression, it is a part of us but it does not define who we are. We still encounter the same issues such as teething, weaning, potty training, chickenpox and the terrible twos! This is why I don’t just blog about postnatal depression – because we are mums just like everyone else.
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