Postpartum Depression Success Stories
Postpartum depression can be a crippling, devastating and life-altering condition for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents alike. For those surrounding the affected person, such as spouses, parents, siblings, friends and other children, postpartum depression can seem hopeless and leave many people feeling helpless.
But it doesn’t have to remain this way. Despite the tragic, horrifying and even sometimes frustrating circumstances surrounding postpartum depression, there are plenty of positive success stories that have surfaced from these struggles.
Success stories are important to share. They give hope to women who are at-risk of developing PPD, women who have recently given birth, and women are currently facing PPD symptoms of their own.
Success stories share coping tools, help to set expectations and provide validation and comfort in the wake of feelings of guilt, shame and fear. Success stories also help family members better understand that there is hope and that PPD is temporary provided the affected person has positive levels of support in their life.
New Mother Success Stories
Most commonly, new mothers are the ones who are directly and most severely affected by postpartum depression. There are countless women who have shared their stories of going from a deep and dark depressive and even psychotic state, to achieve a full recovery. These women went on to experience the joys of motherhood and experience other childbirths as well. They enjoyed rich and fulfilled family and social lives, marriages, relationships, friendships and careers.
Even mothers who suffered extreme types of postpartum depression such as postpartum psychosis or OCD have gone on to make full recoveries. Many women report that despite being hospitalized, their journeys through recovery from these traumatic events actually helped them to understand their disorder and recover in positive and healthy ways.
While many women experience personal and unique journeys through their suffering with postpartum depression, countless women all share the same or similar positive outcomes once recovery is achieved.
Father Success Stories
There is plenty of hope for new fathers as well. Often times, dads will experience depression after a baby has arrived. But because the effects of postpartum depression in men are still relatively unknown, men tend to suffer in silence. This causes long and drawn out periods of depression that for many fathers can last years.
Thankfully, many fathers today are opening up about their stories when it comes to postpartum depression. By sharing their own struggles, they can help other men to feel more open and confident in seeking treatment and communicating their feelings.
Many men have reported that their struggle with postpartum depression allowed them to address mental and emotional issues that they otherwise wouldn’t have acknowledged. In this case, these men go on to live fulfilling and enriched lives as husbands and fathers.
Adoptive Parent Success Stories
Adoptive parents are another group that often suffer in silence with postpartum depression. Because most of the awareness regarding PPD centers around biological mothers, adoptive parents feel confused, ashamed and guilty of their depression symptoms once a new baby joins the family.
Adoptive parents, like any other parents, can seek treatment for their depression. Adoptive parents often report that despite their initial struggles with postpartum depression, they overcame this condition and went on to develop deep parental bonds with their adoptive children.
Couples Success Stories
When one partner is struggling with postpartum depression, the other partner can begin to take on depression symptoms as well. In many cases, couples face marital problems that are compounded by the stress of treating and recovering from postpartum depression.
Despite martial challenges such as a lack of intimacy and limited communication, many couples seek treatment and effectively heal their relationships. Many couples claim that their challenges with postpartum depression marriage problems ultimately brought them closer together. In the end, it helped them both become better parents and better partners to each other.
Success Rate of Treatment
It’s important to realize that these parents achieved these successful outcomes because they sought treatment. Here is what treatment looks like when it comes to resulting in postpartum depression success stories:
- Early intervention and diagnose
- Prescription medication such as SSRIs or antipsychotic medications
- Psychotherapy with a psychologist and/or psychiatrist
- Lots of rest
- The support of family and loved ones
- Prioritizing health and wellbeing such as diet, exercise and relaxation
- Participating in community support groups or online groups that provide comfort and advice from others who can relate
Learning Outcomes for Those Affected
The common denominator among anyone who has suffered from postpartum depression and come out the other end of it, is that there is hope. Countless women and men have reported that they have learned how to be better parents and how to take better care of themselves from having suffered such a hardship.
Here are some of the lessons others have learned from their own postpartum depression success stories:
Know Your Own Strength
Suffering from postpartum depression teaches you about your own strength. When everything in life seems dark and hopeless, eventually you are lifted out of a fog and reach a recovery point. Even if it takes months or years, you can reflect on your resilience and know that you have strength moving forward to face any other life challenges.
Prioritize Your Wellbeing
Women are especially guilty of putting everything else before their own personal health. Many mothers learned this valuable life lesson through their struggle with postpartum depression. If it wasn’t for prioritizing their health, seeking treatment and talking about their condition they wouldn’t have been able to recover as they had.
Ask for Help
The irony of postpartum depression is that it often affects the types of people who are less likely to ask for help or feel comfortable being vulnerable. Experiencing and recovering from postpartum depression can teach those who have struggled about the value of a support network. It also helps men and women alike to realize that there is no shame or weakness in asking for help. Instead, there is a lot of strength and resolve in asking for support from loved ones and professionals.
You Deserve Happiness
One of the most important lessons that many success stories will reveal, is the idea that we all deserve happiness. Though postpartum depression brings out emotions, behaviors and thoughts that are miserable, they are not representative of the sufferer. When treatment begins and symptoms become managed and controlled, the idea of being deserving of happiness starts to become more attainable. Eventually, there is comfort in the idea that the condition is separate from you and that it will pass.