The Postpartum Depression stories you have read on this site demonstrate the many ways a woman’s PPD experience can be the same as another’s, but also the ways it can be very different. Some may experience mild, but troublesome, symptoms, while for others the experience is more severe, and may include thoughts of suicide. No matter where a woman is on this continuum, please know that her suffering is real, her need for help is paramount. Since the symptoms of Postpartum Depression are so vast (check out this list in Plain Mama English), diagnosis can often be difficult. Most medical professionals use a screening tool called the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. While this can be a useful diagnostic, it is not perfect. If you think you may be suffering from PPD, please reach out for help. Once diagnosed by a professional there are many types of treatment available, medication and therapy among them. May you be encouraged by these stories. We were never meant to do this alone. 


Online Resources:

 

If you need help immediately, please call:

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE
  • National Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS

 

This site is not intended to treat or diagnose postpartum depression. The views expressed here should not be treated as medical advice. These are simply the stories and opinions of those that have experienced Postpartum Depression, and their families and loved ones. The stories shared on this site are meant to raise awareness about PPD, and to create a safe environment for listening, sharing, and supporting one another. 

You can read their stories here.