It’s Been One Year Since I realized I had (have) Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

1 in 8 Women Suffer from Postpartum Depression

Brayden is 16 months old today.

One year ago, I made one of the most important phone calls – and by far one of the hardest – I’ve ever made. I called my Doctor and told him I had Postpartum Depression.

Rather than get into all the details of the causes, signs and symptoms, I would like to share some of the information I used to determine for myself that I was suffering from PPD. Aside from talking to my Doula, my close friends and my family, the following websites were crucial in my quest to figure out what was wrong with me:

BabyCenter – Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

Postpartum Support International

WebMD Postpartum Depression

There were several other resources I referred to, and still do, but the ones above I would list as my top 3. I am still fighting it, although most of the time it seems well under control. I am honestly scared to come off my medication, especially going into another winter like we had last year. I know I have a great Doctor, a great husband, and a great network of supportive friends, but I also know I have a lot of circumstantial stresses in my life right now that I fear could send me back down into a deep, dark spiral. I still take it one day at a time. I am determined to beat this, and I’m determined to help as many other women who have, or are at risk for, PPD. It is a mean disease (in my opinion) that is also one of the hardest to diagnose. Good news is, there is help out there – all we have to do is ask for it…

To read more about my journey through PPD, click here.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Postpartum Depression, I would like to help. Please contact me if you are interested in one-on-one or group mentoring or counseling.

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About pamelazimmer

Pamela Zimmer is a #1 bestselling author and speaker, transforming her personal pain and experience of Postpartum Depression into her purpose and passion. Through her #1 bestselling book, Reclaim The Joy of Motherhood, and her mentorship program, The HAPPY Mommy Method™, Pamela guides mothers on a healing journey from battling their own Postpartum Depression to embracing motherhood with joy.

Posted on October 28, 2011, in The Post Partum Period and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I haven’t been through PPD, but I have been through colic. My son had colic for 9 months, did not sleep for more than two hours at a time for a year, and there were (many) times that it made me feel broken and sad and scared. Finding other moms, both online and in person, made a huge difference for me. It made that first long, dark, cold winter with him screaming and clinging to me possible for both of us to handle. It’s wonderful that you are reaching out to people struggling this way 🙂

    • Hi Desi. I can sympathize with just about anyone who doesn’t get much sleep. It is such a precious thing.
      Neither of my boys had colic, thankfully, but Zackery never slept for pretty much the first 2 years.
      I just want to help others… 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for choosing me for the Liebster Blog Award – I am truly honored! 🙂

  3. Hi, I am passing on the Liebster Blog Award to you! Please visit this link to know in detail about it: http://cutecoconut.com/2011/10/another-liebster-blog-award/

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