Mothers should not have to suffer alone, yet so many women do because they are ashamed of speaking up due to the stigma that surrounds these disorders. [Related post: 9 Reasons Why Mothers Don’t Speak Up About Having Postpartum Depression]
It’s time to change that…
It has become my mission to collect and share the stories of women who have battled mental health disorders along their journey through motherhood.
Many of those women are talented mom bloggers who know how important it is to speak out, and I’ve shared their stories below as inspiration.
But so many of them are not and have no idea where or how to begin speaking out about their pain.
If you are interested in sharing your story about a postpartum mood disorder, I want to help. Please click here for more information.
Here you will find a constantly updated list of posts from other brave bloggers who have decided not to keep silent about their battle with postpartum depression and other mood disorders.
I hope these will inspire you to write your own story and know that you are not alone in this.
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Katelyn used therapy and meditation to treat her severe symptoms of postpartum anxiety and depression. Learn more about how she has changed as a person along her journey with infertility and postpartum anxiety and is now on a road to healing.
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Julia attempted to commit suicide because she believed there was no end to her suffering. Despite growing up thinking that mental illness was all a myth, she experienced postpartum depression for months without understanding what it really was.
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Courtney suffered from infertility for 6 years before finally having her son. But it wasn’t all that she hoped it would be and led her to believe that postpartum depression was some type of punishment for needing medical intervention in order to become a mother.
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Brianna from Mastering Mom Life talks about how she felt robbed of the first few moments after giving birth due to complications. Her inability to bond with baby also caused breastfeeding problems in addition to postpartum depression.
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Jordan tells a very graphic story about what its like to experience postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD together. She also resorted to cutting her wrists to help find some relief from what she was feeling. Find out more about her dark journey.
Brittney from The Honest Mom expresses something many of us have experienced… that she didn’t know she had it until it was almost too late. Read more about how she came to realize that she had postpartum depression and what her journey was like.
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Katey submitted her story after downloading and completing my free Postpartum Depression Story Workbook. She shares a raw and real perspective from a mother who isn’t a writer or blogger but who just felt compelled to share her story, in an effort to help other women.
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Sara from Growing as a Mom writes about her struggle with postpartum depression after her baby was born prematurely. She also includes some actionable tips for battling postpartum depression.
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This is a guest post that I wrote for Mummy It’s Ok about my struggle with prenatal depression while pregnant with my second child. Pregnancy is normally looked upon as a happy time for most women, but unfortunately, not for everyone.
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Adrienne from Peace of Mom experienced the loss of a loved one shortly after giving birth. She talks about what it was like to grieve while caring for a colicky baby and suffering from postpartum depression.
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Emma from Muddy Boots & Diamonds is running a series on her website called Surviving the Darkness that’s open to survivors of Perinatal (Postpartum) Mood & Anxiety Disorders. You can read some of the interviews and take part in the series to help spread PMAD awareness.
Read the interview I wrote for this series here – Surviving Prenatal & Postpartum Depression: Vanessa’s Story
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This emotional video was submitted to me by Kate, who suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her second child and came very close to taking her own life.
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Kisha from The Kisha Project shares her story for the first time in a moving post about how unexpected postpartum depression can be, even if you’ve battled with depression before.
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The first postpartum depression guest post submission on Running in Triangles. Kara from Moms Gone Outdoors tells her emotional tale of battling the pressures of school while trying to raise a baby at a young age.
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The first in a series of posts offered on Running in Triangles – this is my own personal story. Even after dealing with prenatal depression while pregnant with my second child, I did not expect actual, full blown postpartum depression.
Anjana from Mommy Republic talks about how she suffered from postpartum depression despite having a supporting husband and plenty of help during her first few months postpartum.
Lauren from Lil’ Olive Tree shares a powerful story of how her faith helped her get through a dark time in her life.
Bailey from Simply Mom Bailey expresses a concern many other mothers have during their battle with postpartum depression – whether or not to start taking antidepressants.
Shawna from MishMash Mommy can relate to many other mothers out there who put off seeking help because they’re waiting for the baby blues to pass.
Alaina from Mom Eh! shares her story of battling postpartum anxiety, which is different than postpartum depression and gets even less awareness.
Jessica from Life of a Cherry Wife was like most women who assume postpartum depression will never happen to them. In this post, she offers words of support to women who feel completely overwhelmed by motherhood.
Jen from Modest House, Extraordinary Home does a great job of explaining all the different ways postpartum depression affected her.
Aubree from A Mother’s Field Guide wrote this awesome post packed with information about postpartum depression, followed by her own journey. She, like many women, battled with depression prior to getting pregnant.
Taylah from The Tired Mumma Blog did not suffer from postpartum depression at all, but her postnatal (postpartum) anxiety caused an entirely different level of stress in her life.
Kristin from This Wife and Mommy Life put together this compilation of postpartum depression stories from women of all walks of life.
Erica Fraser from Mom Break shares her story in a video as well as a post and speaks about the pain that’s often hidden behind closed doors.
This list will be constantly updated, so be sure to check back often for more inspiring stories!
If you are a blogger and would like your existing post to be featured, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To submit a new postpartum depression story, please click here: postpartum depression guest post submission