Will My Postpartum Depression Ever Go Away?
Does Postpartum Depression EVER Go Away? Yes! Absolutely!
Postpartum Depression is very treatable and with the right support from your family and GP you can fully recover from the effects of postpartum depression.
I’ve suffered Postpartum Depression since my little man was born (5 years ago!). I want you to know that Postpartum Depression does get better and it does get easier.
I’ve read a few posts here and there lately from woman who are suffering and ready to give up. Also in some of the support groups I’m in some mums are having a tough time in their recovery.
I’ve too felt like this before and I promise you it’s the postpartum depression talking not you.
I wish that I could offer you the perfect words to make all you’re suffering go in an instant.
I wish I could be there with you and hug you to tell you it’s going to be OK and that I have a magical cure.
All I have to offer you is my Postpartum Depression Journey.
I’m hoping that it will inspire you to carry on and hang on in there even on the dark days.
I hit rock bottom and thought my life would never get better but you know what? Postpartum depression it does get better!
The hardest thing I did was going to the GP and telling her how I felt. I was convinced she would think I was bad mum and that they would take my baby away from me.
Nothing could have been further from the truth – she was wonderful and supportive.
She said something to me that has stuck with me throughout my whole journey.
Depression can happen at anytime to anyone, the fact that it’s called Postpartum Depression is just to show the time in your life it happened to you – after you had a baby – it’s the same as any other depression there’s no difference – it is not a reflection of you as a mother.
How Long Does It Take For Postpartum Depression To Go Away?
Of course each case of postpartum depression is different. As is the length of the recovery period. Thus the exact length of time it takes for postpartum depression to go away varies from person to person. Treating depression isn’t an exact science, it can take a long time.
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 it’s 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., treating depression isn’t the same for everyone.
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 family member, 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.
I’m not going to lie to you. The recovery is tough and long and yes you will have set backs – but it’s worth it.
I thought I’d never get close to the end of Postpartum Depression and that I’d be stuck in that darkness forever. However I found my way out and you can too.
I remember how those dark months felt though and I understand your pain and loneliness. I understand why you think you’re not strong enough or worth helping – but you are, we all are.
I’m near the end of my recovery I’m just on one tablet every other day – it’s still tough some days but I can cope, I know my Postpartum Depression will come to an end just like yours will!
Look After Yourself And Take It Easy
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, it’s best to take it slow to minimise the risk of a relapse.
Don’t stop taking your medication as soon as you start to feel better, it’s 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.
It’s easy to sit there worry about will my postpartum depression ever go away, but try not to get sucked into a train of negative thoughts.
Each recovery plan is different, each length of recovery is different – don’t compare yourself to other mums with postpartum depression, your plan is the only one you need to worry about.
It’s not about getting better quickly or that so-and-so recovered in 6 months – its about YOU. Give yourself a break woman.
The key thing is that you will get better not how quickly you get better from postpartum depression.
You will not always feel the symptoms of postpartum depression so intense. As you go along your recovery you will start to feel better, your symptoms will lessen and eventually it will go away.
Yes it can suck having a mental illness. However, 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! Postpartum depression is temporary and you can and will get better.
Don’t worry about setbacks 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.
You are someone’s mummy, and whatever you may think they are not better off without you and they need you and love you.
They need you to be strong and to show them and teach them that whatever life throws at you, however dark things get there’s always a way out and you should always fight and be brave.
You can do this I believe in you all – please please please if you’re struggling ask someone for help – it’s not a sign of weakness it’s the strongest thing you can do.
Tackle it head on – do not let it beat you down – you are strong and you will win, there’s always a rainbow after a storm
So in answer to your question – does postpartum depression ever go away – yes it does – give it time.
Mummy It’s OK – You’re Doing Great!