Let’s Talk.

Day 28 – January Daily Blog Posting Month

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Today is Bell Let’s Talk day.  It is a yearly campaign to raise awareness and money for mental health initiatives.  Last year, over $5 million dollars was raised.

I’ve been honest here about my struggles with depression and postpartum depression after the birth of my first child.  It was a very dark time for me, one that should have been a happy time.  For the rest of my life, I will remember my first maternity leave, not because I was ecstatic to have my little girl, but because I struggled daily to get out of bed and be happy she was here.

I got better when I finally admitted there was something wrong.  I went through 16 weeks of intense, weekly Interpersonal Therapy and learned a lot about myself as a mother, as a wife, as a physician, as a woman.

In a lot of ways, experiencing PPD was a good thing; for one, it made me a better family doctor.  It allowed me to empathize with the moms in my practice and to recognize the early signs of depression, especially in the postpartum period.

Mental illness is rampant in our society and the stigma is only slowly being lifted.  I hope that more days like today and stories like mine help ease it just a little bit.

 

2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk.

  1. Great post, I’m really glad this was a positive experience and something could be taken away from it. I think what you have said lessens shaming towards women who go through this and empowers the rest of us to feel secure and confident when we suffer PPD or even just plain old depression, it is not necessarily a bad thing.

  2. Thank you!
    It was so hard to admit to myself that there was something wrong. I worried a lot about what my husband would think, what my colleagues would say etc. I hid it well for so long but I was really dying inside a little bit every day. When I finally sought help it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

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