Along this journey, I have spent a lot of time searching the web and reading about postpartum depression.
Truth: The very worst thing that you can do is surf the web looking for different experiences of others at times. Stories and wrong information can be incredibly powerful triggers in making depression and anxiety worse. I learned this the hard way.
But – there are some reliable and helpful resources out there, along with community groups on Facebook that you can join. Here I have compiled a list of things that I found truly helpful in my journey. I hope that you find these just as helpful!
The best online resource : Postpartum Progress
Facebook Groups: Be careful when choosing which groups to be a part of. These groups can prove VITAL when you are in need of speaking to someone going through all of this too, but some groups can breed depression and anxiety, while other groups will continue to be supportive and positive. If you feel like a group is increasing any of your symptoms, my suggestion is to leave immediately.
Two groups that I have found to be incredibly supportive and where I have met some other amazing warrior moms. Groups are closed and you will need to request to be added before you can view any posts:
Other valuable online resources:
Lastly, a key factor in getting better is to surround yourself with other supportive mamas. Our generation does not seem to understand or value true friendship, but motherhood is nearly impossible to navigate alone – depressed or not! I encourage you to seek out local support groups in your area, for PPD or just for moms. Surrounding yourself with others in the same season of life will prove invaluable.
Look for local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meetings in your area to find an incredible group of supportive moms that hosts meetings with child care, play dates and more! Visit the MOPS International site to find more information and to check your area for a local group!
Other possible places to find mom groups in your area:
– search Facebook for local online support groups specific to your town!
-venture out and attend story time at your local library to meet other moms!
-call your town for a list of mommy and me classes that you can join
-look into playgroups hosted by different groups or inquire about playgroups within your local Facebook mom groups!
-Join a bookclub or other hobby related group! Check local meet up sites for different groups!
-find a local church to attend, many have children’s programs and women’s bible studies that will aid in building relationships
I KNOW its hard. I KNOW it seems like it will never end and you will never be the same. I KNOW that the last thing that you want to do right now is put yourself out there, meet new friends or open up to anyone. I KNOW that you don’t want to look for help and that you just want to stuff it all inside and pretend that everything is normal. I KNOW because I have been there. Coming back was HARD work. There is no magic potion, pill or spell that can make it all better. It took a combination of medication, therapy, exercise, diet, relationships, help from others and surrounding to God to literally save my life.
But guess what…
I’m back and better than ever.
And YOU will be too.
Please, please contact me. I am available and willing to help you find support local to you.
You are not alone.