Tag: maternal Mental health

Moms share 5 things they wish they knew about Postpartum Depression

 

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is one of the most common maternal mental illnesses; with statistics showing that 1 in every 9 moms will get PPD. Yet, as common as it is, many affected moms typically admit that they wish they knew more about PPD before they had it. They admit it would help them accept the condition and seek help faster. We asked some of the moms who have reached out to PPDKenya (and gotten help) what they wish they knew about PPD before child birth. Here are the responses:

  1. I wish I knew PPD steals even little joys

Lyn, a mom of two girls, shared how her PPD stole even the smallest of triumphs. She could not find joy in her motherhood experience, and this impacted her ability to bond with her second daughter. One of the ways in which Postpartum Depression manifests is through a mom’s inability to bond with her child. This does not mean that a mom hates her child; on the contrary, she may be overprotective of her bundle of joy, but just can’t find it within herself to bond and play with her baby.

  1. I wish I knew PPD is a treatable mental illness

Lucy, a mom to one said, “I wish I knew Postpartum Depression is a mental health condition that can be treated through therapy. “ One of the myths about PPD is that it is a permanent condition for which there is no help. PPD is a temporary condition for which treatment is available. Moms do get help, and go on to make a recovery. Part of the reason we continue to do awareness campaigns on Twitter (check out our previous #PPDKenya tweetchats here) is because when moms are aware, then they can know what the symptoms of PPD are and where to get help.

Read More: Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

  1. I wish I knew Depression after birth is NOT normal.

“Depression after birth is NOT normal, and I wish I knew this. Additionally, PPD affects both moms and dads,” Kristy shared with us. Many moms who reach out for help with PPD will often admit that a well-meaning person told them what they felt was ‘normal’ and it would pass. The truth of the matter is that PPD is anything but normal. When a mom starts to exhibit symptoms of PPD, and they go on for more than two weeks, then there is cause for concern. More importantly, moms are reminded that, just because you exhibit just a couple of symtoms of PPD, it does not invalidate your concerns.

  1. I wish I knew that it was possible to get Pregnancy depression and PPD thereafter

Jacinta* shared how, struggling with depression during pregnancy and not knowing what it was only compounded her symptoms after childbirth. Her pregnancy depression symptoms included weepiness (over just about everything), inability to comprehend a future with baby, so much so that she had intrusive thought even before baby was born. Left unchecked, Jacinta’s Pregnancy Depression morphed to PPD, and she shared how, knowing what she does now after support group sessions, she wishes she had gotten help earlier.

Read More: Treatment Options for Postpartum Depression

  1. I wish I knew how incredibly lonely PPD is.

Victoria* shared and said, “I am afraid of telling anyone close what’s happening anymore, because the last time I tried I was told that I have become ungrateful, so I continue to struggle with my PPD in silence. I feel so alone.”

The stigma associated with maternal mental illness means that moms feel ashamed for seeking help, and end up keeping it to themselves. The truth is that there is no shame in reaching out for help, and if you have PPD, please know you are not alone!

At PPDKenya, we understand what you are going through. We are here to walk the journey with you. We will help you get the help you need. Get in touch using our Contact Page.

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We started our bimonthly PPDKenya tweetchats!

PPDKenya tweetchat

We are excited to share that we began our bimonthly tweetchats this past week. In line with our mission to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with maternal mental health in Kenya, the tweetchats will be centered around the same, with focus on postpartum depression, The bimonthly chats, which will be held every other Wednesday from 1:30-2:30PM EAT will cover an array of topics, from the symptoms, to risk factors, treatment options, importance of support groups and self care among others. From time to time, we will also bring on board professionals who will steer the discussions as regards PPD and issues such as breastfeeding, body image, relationships and infertility. We look forward to having everyone of our readers on board.

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aaaaaand, in case you missed it, here are snapshots of our first tweetchat whose topic was Maternal Mental Health Illnesses. Follow the thread on this tweet for the whole chat.

We looked at six illnesses under maternal mental health care, including Antenatal depression, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum OCD, Bipolar disorder, peripartum onset and Postpartum Psychosis. This chat broadly covered the symptoms and treatment options, and we shall delve deeper in weeks to come.

And a reminder:

Please do not be afraid to reach out, Get in touch with us, we run support group therapy and have contacts of health professionals who can help you. Details for our next tweetchat below:

PPDKenya tweetchatDate: Wednesday 30th May 2018, from 1:30PM EAT

Topic: Postpartum Depression  & Baby Blues

 

 

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PPDKenya support group therapy is now underway

Offering hope through PPDKenya support groups

The second weekend of January 2018 will probably remain the highlight of the year (so far) because it ushered in a new chapter for PPDKenya. We (finally) stepped away from the fear of the unknown, and into the heart of where our true passion lies – we held our very first support group therapy meeting! Words do not quite capture the excitement and sense of purpose we felt that day.

Read More: Why is a PPD support group important?

Of the seven who had confirmed, four showed up Continue Reading…

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Treatment options for Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD), as mentioned in the previous post, is one of the most common perinatal mood disorders globally, with at least 1 in every 7 mothers getting affected.

Read on the symptoms of Postpartum Depression

Looking out for these symptoms is an effective way to gain clarity into this condition for the simple reason that there is not a single specific test that diagnoses the presence of PPD. Consequently, for therapy to begin, health practitioners are tasked with collecting extensive information as pertains to an individual’s medical past, their health history as well as the circumstances surrounding their pregnancy; generally a background check into their life.

Once this is complete, Contine Reading…

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Facts and Symptoms of Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Postpartum Depression is one of the most common perinatal mood disorders that affect women after child birth. According to Postpartum International (PSI), 1 in 7 women will suffer PPD in their lifetime. To bring this closer home, think about seven of your friends who are new moms. It is likely that 1 of the 7 will struggle with PPD. In Kenya, there are more than 1.5 Million births annually (Statistics from UNICEF). Assuming that most of these births are not multiple births, we can assume that as many as 200,000 women are predisposed to PPD in Kenya alone. These are sobering statistics, and it is this grim reality that spurred us to raise awareness, reduce stigma of PPD and provide psychosocial support for affected moms. With this in mind, what are some of the symptoms associated with PPD? In an attempt to reduce stigma of PPD, we have decided to add these symptoms without the medical jargon,and as simply as possible. Continue Reading…

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