Even though new moms may be aware of the signs of postpartum depression, it can be tough to reach out.
Perhaps the paralysis comes from the fear of being stigmatized or a dread of the unknown (including the hesitation about antidepressant medications used for PPMD). Some women are so used to attending to others that they ignore their own needs. In other cases, moms think it’s normal to feel down for months after the birth. (The baby blues usually resolve within two weeks.) Although seeking help can feel intimidating, many women do reach out. They find that the many hands reaching back offer caring, knowledge, strength, and solid, practical support and advice.