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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**Furthermore, I am not a medical professional and nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice. I am simply a mother who has been there and lived to tell the tale.
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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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It’s been 7 years since my battle with postpartum depression first began. I consider myself a survivor now but living in the aftermath of postpartum depression is nothing like life was before it.
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1. Expect it to never go away 100%
I had hyperemesis gravidarum with all three of my pregnancies and it was horrific. But as soon as I pushed the baby out, the nausea went away instantly. Postpartum depression is not like that.
With treatment, you will get better. The days will be brighter and the fits of sadness and rage will become fewer and far between. But it will always be there, deep down inside. It will be hard to forget the dark days and there will be reminders of them everywhere.
You may go months, years even, living happily as a postpartum depression survivor and then suffer a relapse during a strenuous week of sleep regression or the flu. My personal postpartum depression treatment requires a consistent self-care routine and I’ve noticed that symptoms tend to rear their ugly head if I don’t keep up with it.
I think of my postpartum depression like a wound. It happened and it healed but the scar remains. Most days I forget all about it but it is always there.
2. Expect to feel guilty
We know that postpartum depression is NOT OUR FAULT. But accepting that fact is much harder to swallow. As moms, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves and we often feel guilty for something – our fault or not; we’re not spending enough time with our kids, we’re not giving them the best clothes, food, toys, education, etc. – you name it and a mom’s felt guilty for it.
But the guilt that a postpartum depression survivor feels is much worse than your average mom guilt. The things we said or did while we were in the raw days of postpartum depression were not us. We couldn’t control them, we couldn’t anticipate them and we didn’t mean a word of it.
But we remember all of it. And if there were witnesses around, (i.e. an older child or spouse) it’s likely they remember everything too.
So no matter how many times we tell ourselves that it’s not our fault – we can’t help but feel guilty for all the things we said or did during the battle.
3. Expect to have different relationships
Postpartum depression changes you. You can never go back to being the person you were before this.
Your relationship with your spouse or significant other will either be stronger or broken entirely. They will also be a changed person because you can’t watch someone else go through something like postpartum depression and not feel anything about it afterwards.
But if someone has loved you and stuck with you through the darkest of days then they are a keeper. If they ran for the hills then you didn’t want them anyway…
The same could be said of your friendships except it’s unlikely they even knew you had postpartum depression.
If you alienated yourself from everyone while you were suffering but did not give an explanation why then you will probably need to do some damage control in the aftermath.
4. Expect to be a stronger woman than you were before
It goes without saying that postpartum depression survivors are some of the strongest women who exist. (Ok, all “survivors” are strong – perhaps this one sounds cliché… but being forced to suffer from depression during a time in your life when you should be MOST happy is just plain cruel.)
Once you’ve doubted every single decision you’ve made, questioned your reason for living and hurt people you love – there is not much left that will scare you. You will reach a point where you think you just can’t handle it anymore – but then you do.
You learn that the limit to how much you can handle is much further than where you thought it was…
5. Expect to WANT to tell your story
While you may have felt ashamed or embarrassed about your condition at the time – afterwards you will be proud to say “I beat postpartum depression.”
You will recognize the all too familiar pain in other women and want to help them. Since you are stronger now, you don’t care who judges you for what.
And while writing or talking about your experience will be hard and will likely stir up all the guilt you’ve been working so hard to abolish, the freedom you will gain from it is unlike any other.
Sometime in the aftermath of postpartum depression, you will WANT to tell your story, whether it’s to your closest friends and family or complete strangers.