Rethinking: What are your thoughts on Postpartum Mental Health?

 

I first came across Postpartum Depression as a young University student. One of my Public Health modules involved a project presenting on any health issue we wanted to focus on. That’s when I came across this new subject: PPD or Baby Blues. Well, that’s not true. I heard bits and pieces here and there, but didn’t really know the details of it. I knew that Brooke Shields was the face of representing awareness on the topic in Hollywood as she had experienced it herself and wanted to be open about the issue. The more people I spoke with, the more surprised I became at how few people actually even knew this existed. I found myself publicly raising awareness not just for my project sake, but I was actually educating people about it in real life. That’s when the desire began to explore this field a bit further.

Now, as a counsellor, I get to work with this topic. It’s amazing when I have clients come before giving birth and we can explore this area and even better when we can continue after they’ve given birth. One of the many reasons I began online video counselling was because I desired to offer an option for mothers who felt limited or too overwhelmed to make the initial steps of walking out their front door, which can be common for those experiencing postpartum depression. Women have varying reasons for not sharing this portion of their journey with others.

The link below is a Buzzfeed video about Andrea Yates and a brief history of her journey with her depression before she took the lives of her children. As one can see, there are many comments with varying opinions. What are your thoughts?

Buzzfeed Video: Andrea Yates & Postpartum Psychosis

Many people say they will delay counselling for when they reach a crisis point. While it is highly recommended and very helpful to attend counselling when one is at such seasons, it can be said that it is possibly even more helpful to seek counselling before an issue reaches this crisis point. The questions worth asking here are, what’s causing the delay in counselling? why does it need to reach crisis point to do something about it? or what would happen if you went to a counsellor now?

 

 

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