Sometimes, having a mental illness is scary. For me, mental illness was scary. Having a mental illness was frightening. Navigating the path to getting better was downright terrifying.
Having a mental illness often alienates you from the supports you need the most. Having a mental illness often cripples your ability to seek effective help without support. A mental illness skews your mindset as to what is “normal,” healthy, and life affirming.
A mental illness makes life difficult. Having a mental illness in our society is often seen as shameful, thus those suffering with mental illness are often stigmatized.
Having a mental illness is confusing and devastating. People with mental illness are often alienated and unsupported.
Having a mental illness causes one to be misunderstood. “She looks OK?” is a common refrain from those who do not truly understand the depth and pain one with a mental illness can experience.
Connecting mental illness as an outcome of childbirth is not easy. Childbirth is often celebrated in American society as “the happiest day of your life.” Because of this belief, it is difficult to connect the creation of postpartum mental illness with this time period in a parent’s life.
It is wonderful to begin to see the collective acceptance of society to some postpartum mental illness’. It is important to keep the flow of information coming about postpartum mental illness in an effort to make all postpartum mental illness’ part of society’s collective knowledge. Only then will resources, effective therapies, and society support be commonplace.
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