Sara - posted on 11/13/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )
Hello to all! My name is Sara--I'm new to this forum and wanted to start a thread on a topic that's been hitting close to home recently--post-partum depression (PPD). I was wondering if there are any other LDS mommies here who might currently be or have dealt with this in the past.
PPD is something that strikes about 20% of all new mommies (although 80% of new mommies go through the "baby blues" during the first few weeks of pregnancy--PPD tends to last longer than a few weeks and has a barrage of symptoms so broad that many women fail to realize that it's even affecting them!), and I have personally found it to be spiritually debilitating as well as emotionally taxing.
Being LDS, we all too often view mental health issues as taboo at best, but I have even heard some accuse those dealing with PPD (and other forms of depression) as "not living the gospel well enough," or "just not having enough faith." I can attest that I have never clung to my faith nor prayed so hard as I have been recently. It's when I feel closest to the Spirit that I also feel closest to my baby girl, and immense gratitude wells up in my heart. I just wish it wasn't so difficult or that it took so much proactive effort--nobody told me it was going to be this hard :)!
Anyway, I thought I'd open up a place for us to discuss any experiences we might have had regarding the hardships of motherhood and how the gospel has helped us through those times. Thanks in advance for sharing!