The Reach of Postpartum Depression

25 Jan
{The following blog is part of an ongoing series of thoughts regarding my personal experience with Postpartum Depression.}
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Everyone involved, whether it be directly or less so, experiences dramatic changes surrounding the birth of a baby. Yes, there are indeed significant physiological, chemical, and cellular changes that the mother absorbs not only before the birth but also for several months after as her body attempts to readjust.

My thinking now, however, is that perhaps what the medical community is calling Postpartum Depression is really more like a permanent biological and cellular change that cannot effectively be reversed… no matter how hard we may try. If this is the case, then what really is happening is that these two young moms I spoke to are trying to reclaim their previous connection to their lives (before the babies), when in fact it may very well be nearly impossible- provided the child birth and initial first few months of child care thereafter had high emotional impact, which invariably happens for first-time mothers.

I believe this impact is valuable and therefore can be a good thing, but it is also potentially very difficult to manage and can often create intense psychological stress, even leading to temporary hospitalization.

Sounds dramatic, I know, but it’s not so unusual. For some young moms, having a child is an intense and permanent experience that can be unbearably challenging.

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