I wanted to start a discussion on this topic since it wasn't really talked about on my last BMB at all, beyond quick and non-specific mentions of "the baby blues."
When I was pregnant with DD, I never knew how common PPD was and always felt that it was something sort of far away that only happened to other people. When it hit me hard after giving birth, I felt caught off guard, lost, terrified, isolated, and like there was something inherently wrong with me.
Since third tri is creeping up for some of us, I felt like now would be a good time to get this discussion going.
My hope for this thread is that it will serve as a place for anyone who has suffered from postpartum mental illness (of any sort) to come and share their experience, a place to ask questions, and ultimately and very very hopefully, serve to help anyone who may find themselves struggling, after our babies are born, to not feel so alone.
For any STM+s who have suffered from PP mental illness, feel free to answer the questions below (and be as brief or specific as you are comfortable with) to get the discussion going--
How did PP mental illness manifest for you? (Feel free to share any specific thoughts, feelings, struggles, fears, and challenges that you experienced.)
What did you do as far as treating your postpartum mental illness? (Meds? Therapy? Etc? List anything that you did that ended up being helpful for you.)
How long after birth did it take for things to get better?
If you could say something to another mom who was struggling with postpartum mental illness, what would it be?
Feel free to add add anything else that you want to here--