Postpartum Depression CausesPostpartum Depression Causes. So, what is happening?

What causes postpartum depression? A perfectly happy content mother to be gives birth and is suddenly unable to get out of bed, feels overwhelmed and guilty while continually weeping. What happened?

Our well being correlates with our hormonal health. According to Mayo Clinic,

After childbirth, a dramatic drop in hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in your body may contribute to postpartum depression. Other hormones produced by your thyroid gland also may drop sharply — which can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and depressed.

The initial goal is twofold, to go to your therapist, or find a therapist and  go to your doctor.  It is very important to go to your doctor and have blood work done. In terms of therapy, a  therapist is trained to assess and diagnose the severity of the symptoms, the exhaustion, the weepiness, the overwhelm, the feelings of guilt and so forth and to ensure you are safe.  We are here to give you hope and decrease the isolation. And lab work takes awhile, so even while the clinician and client are waiting for the results, you still need support.

Post traumatic Growth

There is a great term called post traumatic growth.  As one might guess, the idea is that trauma or any major life event may cause growth rather than damage.  My theory: Everyone should go to therapy at least once in their lives, and if you are always going to therapy, every one should take a break from therapy more than once in your life.

The gifts embedded in experiencing a depression.

So the gift in surviving a depression is it allows you to grow to into a stronger and more resilient person than you were prior to the depression.  People who have a history of depression tend to be less judgmental, more empathetic and more creative, not that I would wish this awful illness upon anyone.

 

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Frankl