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  1. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Anna — thank you so much for these wise words! Your advice means even more, considering you’ve walked through depression yourself.

  2. Anna says:

    I suffered from depression as a young girl & it wasn’t good. My mother knew as she read my journals but did nothing about it. I have worked really hard to keep my head above the water & stay as positive as I could, despite feeling alone.
    When I got married & wanted to start family I got very worried that I would suffer from depression again as I was at a high risk. I am loving being a Mum even though it has tested me at times. I just keep taking things a moment at a time. A coping method I gave myself was the early morning feed was start of new day – this has helped & do believed has saved me.
    It can hit anybody at any time & if you or your partner doesn’t see the signs early enough it can make it harder to overcome.
    I’m worried about a friend of mine as she has been diagnosed with post natal depression & she has no history of depression. I worry the most as she recently moved & doesn’t have the support network that she use to have.
    We soon will be moving & now I know my mother will have the same worry when I move. I really don’t want to have to deal with that.
    Please whoever is reading about depression watch yourself read yourself & don’t be afraid to say I need help.
    Good luck Mums

  3. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Ninners7 — what a great point! It’s true — depression can sneak up on a person, and often, a woman doesn’t always realize she’s depressed until she’s deep into it. Thanks for sharing your story!

  4. Ninners7 says:

    In my experience, depression has a way of sneaking up on you. After my first son was born, I experienced a pretty severe depression due to the hormones and complete lack of sleep. Although, I didn’t realize I was depressed until later when I had recovered. I just chalked it up to being tired. Looking back I finally understood why it was I never wanted to see or visit with friends (which is not like me at all), why I just wanted to cry all the time and why I was SO tired (like your article said, it’s a vicious cycle). I am sure there are a lot if women experiencing depression who don’t even realize it. Like I said, it sneaks up on you.

  5. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Sravya — thanks for sharing so openly about your own battle with postpartum depression. Sounds like you recognized the fact that you had a problem and took steps to deal with it – good for you! Glad to hear you’ve recovered so well 🙂

  6. Sravya says:

    I battled post partum depression for almost an year and it used to be like hell. Though I used to be depressed, I used to take good care of my child, however, there were some rainy situations. Once I bet my baby very hard as she was not sleeping and she’ got fever the next morning. I haven’t behaved with him like that ever since; though I used to be depressed, I rather used to hit and cut myself but spare the child. It’s been three years and i am perfectly alright now! I’m trying to even escape from my PMS mood swings by taking the right diet and exercises.

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