My postpartum depression journey started over 5 years ago and while life has significantly improved for me since then, I can’t say that I’m completely past the dark days. This is one of the reasons why I am constantly looking into treatment options.
The other reason is to help find and share resources for other mothers who are suffering with maternal mental health disorders.
There are plenty of medications, resources, treatments and information available for depression, but not all of them are appropriate for treating prenatal or postpartum depression. Most pharmaceutical drugs are not safe and/or untested on pregnant and breastfeeding women. Even some natural treatments and herbs are unsafe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
I recently came across the End Your Depression Treatment Plan, which promises to help sufferers overcome their symptoms of depression without the use of anti-depressants.
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I am normally a skeptic when it comes to these types of treatment plans. Depression is often seen as a “mind over matter” condition, leaving too much room for people to be taken advantage of in the way of treatments. This review contains my honest opinion after purchasing and thoroughly reviewing the material.
While this treatment plan is targeted towards all different types of depression, I’ve reviewed it specifically from the perspective of a person with postpartum depression.
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The End Your Depression Treatment Plan claims to work by teaching you how to gain control over your depression, instead of simply fighting it off.
I was intrigued by the idea of being able to “dominate” over depression.
I have seen significant improvements in my overall postpartum depression symptoms since starting anti-depressants but they’re not something that I want to be taking forever.
Each time I have tried to wean off of the medication, I suffer from a relapse and can never seem to get ahead of the symptoms.
The End Your Depression treatment plan talks about a PERMANENT solution and that is what appealed to me the most.
My first honest impression about the End Your Depression Treatment Plan was…
It’s not exactly a treatment plan.
I was expecting a structured, how-to type of plan and this is not that. I realize now that it’s probably for the best because everyone deals with depression in different ways and one plan would not work for everyone.
So if you are searching for a book that will tell you, step-by-step, how to cure your depression – it does not exist.
Upon reading the End Your Depression e-book, I discovered that what it actually contains is a significant amount of information about depression.
Parts of it I was already familiar with, thanks to my own research on postpartum depression, but I was surprised to find that most was new information.
The way it is presented was very clear and easy to understand. I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the information, but rather excited to learn and read things I hadn’t been able to find anywhere else.
The e-book did NOT make me feel like positive thinking alone could cure my depression. It validated all the problems I have experienced with postpartum depression and gave me the tools and information I needed to move forward and stay ahead of the symptoms.
How it (Actually) Works:
The End Your Depression e-book goes into great detail about the different types of depression and how and why they affect different people. This was information I had never read about before.
In the case of postpartum depression, we so often assume that a traumatic birth or hormone fluctuations are to blame, but it could be other reasons all together.
Knowing this root cause of depression is especially important because the e-book then goes on to explain how different diets, exercise regimens and herbal supplements work based on the type of depression a person has.
The treatment plan works on the basis that “knowledge is power.“
The 74 page PDF download was user friendly and easy to read and I was able to finish the e-book over 2 days. In addition to the End Your Depression e-book, I received 3 additional free e-books that worked as supplements to the information in the treatment plan. The plan also comes with free lifetime updates, so if new information becomes available, those will automatically be available.
The End Your Depression Treatment Plan gave me access to information that I would not have found otherwise.
I’ve been working on evaluating the root cause of my postpartum depression using the advice from the e-book, and am discovering that it’s not what I initially thought it was.
I now have a direction to go in the way of experimenting with my diet and exercise routine – instead of blindly trying anything and everything.
I’ve learned what to look for when choosing herbal supplements and what to avoid (although the e-book did not indicate whether the herbs and supplements were safe for use while pregnant or breastfeeding).
Everything in the e-book is attainable. Nothing feels incredibly out of my comfort zone and it’s evident that the author truly understands what it feels like to battle with daily depression.
I would recommend the End Your Depression Treatment Plan to mothers battling postpartum depression. Knowing the how’s and why’s behind the symptoms is a great place to start on the road to recovery.
Instead of trying every single treatment option out there for postpartum depression, use this e-book to help figure out what the root cause is of your depression. Then, you can create a treatment plan that actually works for YOU.
While I wouldn’t suggest depending solely on the information in this e-book to cure your depression – it is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to seek a permanent way to overcome their postpartum depression.
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Many women are afraid of suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of a child, but none more than a mother who has already experienced it before.
It goes without saying that any mother who has suffered from postpartum depression would never willingly want to put themselves through that kind of torture again.
But while the idea of having another baby after postpartum depression feels like a suicide mission, a significant amount of women go on to have more children after being diagnosed.
This means that, while it might seem preposterous at the time, there is hope for a full and bright future filled with all the children we dreamed of having.
Here is my best advice for how to Prepare for Another Baby after Postpartum Depression
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If you don’t already have a treatment plan for your postpartum depression, then establishing one is the first step. Once your treatment plan is in place, don’t deviate from it – even if you start to feel better.
If you never initially sought treatment for your postpartum depression but feel like it is under control – it is still worth seeing a doctor, therapist, counselor or other health professional to discuss your options should you experience a relapse of symptoms.
Better Help can help you find a therapist near you. Visit: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/therapy/how-do-i-find-a-therapist-near-me/
Is your treatment plan safe for pregnancy and/or breastfeeding?
Many women avoid pharmaceutical treatments because they want to continue breastfeeding (myself included) and most women avoid pharmaceuticals during pregnancy due to the lack of testing.
So if your normal treatment plan includes anti-depressants then you may need to create a back-up plan.
There are many other safe and natural treatment options available can help to reduce some of the guilt that so often affects mothers who give up breastfeeding in order to take anti-depressants.
Make sure to talk to your doctor about your current medications if you are planning to have another baby.
In the post How to Avoid a Postpartum Depression Relapse I list off some common triggers and how they cause symptoms to reappear long after treatment has begun.
Before adding a new baby to the family, it’s worth considering what triggers your postpartum depression symptoms and trying your best to eliminate them ahead of time.
Financial or marital problems should be worked out in order to avoid added stress. Illnesses, chronic pain, nutrient deficiencies and the overall state of your health should be addressed.
While many triggers will be unavoidable, if you can be in top mental and physical shape prior to getting pregnant again, then you will be more prepared should postpartum depression strike again.
Document Your Feelings
Writing down everything you’ve gone through can help you to remember what your experience was like at a later date. Sometimes the things we feel in the heat in the moment can easily be sorted out when our mind is clearer.
If you wrote down any of your thoughts or feelings in a journal of some sort during your first round of postpartum depression, then you should take some time to re-read those entries prior to have another baby and see if they give you some insight.
If you do end up struggling with postpartum depression again after another baby, then document your feelings again so that you can compare both experiences and see if there is a common factor or trigger that you can work on.
You can download this free printable PDF to help you document your journey:
I know, I know, I’m always talking about how women need to speak up about postpartum depression… but it really makes all the difference!
There are so many reasons why we keep silent about postpartum depression but if we stand any chance of defeating it and avoiding it again, then people need to KNOW about it.
The more we talk about it, the less taboo it becomes. We need to stop living in the shadow of postpartum depression – it’s the only way we can eliminate it’s power over us.
If you’re thinking about having another baby after postpartum depression, then everyone in your life should already know about your previous battle with postpartum depression. It shouldn’t be a shameful secret, but rather a badge of honor.
In addition to your loved ones, your doctor or midwife should know that you suffered from postpartum depression with a previous baby if they don’t already.
Knowing that you have a support system already in place in the event that you suffer the same unfortunate fate again, will help you to prepare for having another baby after postpartum depression.
Make Sure You’re Ready
Why do you want another baby? Is it because you’ve always dreamed of having more? Do you feel like you need to provide a sibling for your child to grow up with? Does your spouse or partner want another baby? Do you feel your biological clock ticking?
I’m not saying that any of these reasons are wrong reasons to have a child, as long as it’s what you really want.
If you feel pressured in any way to have another baby, it might be time to do a little soul searching and think carefully if the time is right.
I can give you thousands of tips on how to prepare for another baby after postpartum depression, but unless you are ready – none of them will help.
Become a Warrior
Speaking up is only the first step to battling postpartum depression. If it has affected your life – don’t let it get away so easily. The best way to fight against postpartum depression is to take a stand and help destroy the stigma that surrounds it.
Research postpartum depression and other maternal mental health conditions:
Participate in this free Postpartum Depression Research Study to help determine the genetic link.
The more you know about, and are involved with, the postpartum depression community, the better you will be at defeating at.
The truth is, if you’ve suffered from postpartum depression before, the chances of suffering from it again are high. While you may not be able to avoid postpartum depression the second time around, being prepared and educated will help you handle the symptoms and know when and where to turn for help.