Having post natal depression does not mean that you do not love your child. It does not mean you’re failing at parenting. Nor does it mean you’ve done something wrong. Talking to your doctor does not mean your child will be taken into care under the assumption you are a danger to them.
Confiding in a trusted friend or family member can provide you with much needed support. Standing up to the idea of stigma can fill you with strength. Owning the diagnosis and not letting it own you gives you power during a time you may feel an all consuming sense of helplessness.
You’re not weak, you’re not a failure, you’re not any less of a woman, you’re not any less of a parent. Your opinions and feelings still matter. YOU matter. At this time in your life it’s more than understandable that you might feel overwhelmed or even like you’ve completely lost your identity. It’s okay to not be okay, and it’s more than okay for you to say so without judgement.
Whether it is PND or you’re simply having a hard time, know that it’s normal, it’s common. I’m writing this to tell you that you’re not alone. We got this babe. K x