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How To Help Someone With Postpartum Depression



How To Help Someone With Postpartum Depression

Knowing how to help someone with postpartum depression can be very difficult. It’s not a much discussed topic and family and friends are often left wondering and unsure how is best to help someone with their postpartum depression recovery.

They have their own fight plus a baby to look after which is very changeling for all involved.

It’s a question I’ve heard often ‘my partner/wife has postnatal depression, how can I help them?’

Postpartum depression sufferers often continue to look after their little one perfectly fine. However, in the process they neglect themselves and their needs.

As a mum with postpartum depression these are my recommendations as to how to help someone with postpartum depression.

 

How To Help Someone With Postnatal Depression

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My Top 10 Ways You Can Help Someone With Postpartum Depression

1. She Needs To Eat.  It’s tough to have an appetite when your not 100% and your sleep deprived. Make your partner something to eat even if it’s just a simple sandwich and packet of crisps – if you don’t do it she probably won’t.

2. Offer to watch the little one and suggest she has a nice long bubble bath – it’s tough when someone needs you 24/7 and even something as simple as some peace and quiet to have a bath can really help, some days we’re lucky to grab a quick shower.

3. Make sure she gets some sleep – this is a tough one with a baby, do you have grandparents who could have your little one for a night to try and get some rest.

4. Make sure she knows she is a wonderful mother and you’re proud of her for getting the help she needs.

5. Reassure her that you’re not going anywhere, you’re in this together and you’ll be there no matter what.

6. Explain to her a happy mum is a happy baby. There’s no shame in taking 5 mins out for yourself or having someone babysit for a couple of hours. Everyone needs a break.

7. Explain to her that this is an illness just like any other and that she will get better.

8. Take time everyday to ask how she really is – fine often isn’t fine – explain that you’re there to listen and help her not to judge. Explain she can tell you anything no matter how ‘out there’ it may seem.

9. Make sure she keeps up with any medication provided by the GP & that she attends all necessary appointments. The antidepressants do help but it’s important to keep taking them in order to get better.

10. Be patient with her, some days it’s tough to make sense of your own thoughts and feelings let alone understand anything else.

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33 thoughts on “How To Help Someone With Postpartum Depression

  1. Amazing post as I’m sure partners are only wanting to help with the PND but just dont know how. It’s such an awful mental illness so anything that can make it slightly more bearable is worth doing. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

    1. Defiantly – we don’t always realise we need the help of others at the time but they play such an important part in our recovery

  2. These are really good tips for all that mums out there suffering from PND. I’m sure this will be very helpful. I didn’t experience this but I find it very interesting to read how other people felt and what they did. Great advice. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m very happy to have you for the first time, I hope that you like it. I would love to see you again tomorrow! 🙂 x

  3. Fantastic tips (I made my husband read them) its the little things that make the difference when you are feeling low and sleep deprived, just the act of someone passing you a sandwich unprompted can make all the difference. Thanks for linking up #PuddingLove

  4. Some great advice for partners on how to help with PND. Partners play a huge role in assisting sufferers and helping them is often something that is neglected. Many of them just don’t know what to do. This list of advice is simple yet they a things that can make a huge difference x #Brilliantblogpost

    1. It’s so true the support of your partner can make a huge difference to your recovery. It’s a shame there’s not more advice for them out there as to how they can help xxx

  5. Although I have never suffered from PND myself, this article is great! Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful and insightful post, with points that can enable us to help those that are battling with PND. #brillblogposts

    1. I think it can be really hard for those supporting PND suffers to know what to do. Hopefully this post will give them a few points as to how to help their loved ones xx

  6. Great post. The most important one for me is just to LISTEN. I wish that others had offered to lend an ear when I was suffering at my worst. So many didn’t know what to say and instead of simply being there, they distanced themselves from me which only fuelled my depression. Really great post. #brilliantblogposts

  7. Such an important post – I have been lucky enough to not have suffered from PND but I did struggle with my first and some of these tips definitely would of helped. #kcacol

  8. I love this post both as a mother who has dealt with it and as a mental health professional. It’s not something that people talk about enough in my opinion. All of these would be so helpful especially to a spouse or partner who maybe hasn’t dealt with this kind of thing before. Great post! #KCACOLS

  9. Good advice and really easy to read and follow too – thank you. It’s not always easy to spot – but I think this advice can be helpful for all new mum’s, not just those suffering with PND #KCACOLS

  10. Hi lovely, I have already commented this post before as you linked it up a few weeks ago. But I still think that these are really good tips for all that mums out there suffering from PND. Thanks for sharing this again at #KCACOLS. Hope you join us again on Sunday, 🙂 x

  11. This is a great post I just think about the single mothers who don’t have a partner… Honestly, these women are heroic in my eyes and have my full respect. In that case it needs to be their family and friends who cooperate and make sure this women never stays alone while suffering from PPD. I suffered from it myself and what really helped me was talking… and when I saw people really listened to me. That was the most important thing that helped me to get out of that hell. xxx

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