There is very little awareness about what PPD could do to a new mother.
It causes new mothers to feel anger, frustration and great sadness, which they express either through an inability to care for the child or even sometimes, violence towards the child.
While PPD is mainly triggered by a hormonal imbalance in the body after childbirth, but it can also be triggered by painful or complicated pregnancies, stress, tension with the husband or in-laws, financial difficulties and other health issues.
Lack of awareness makes it difficult for women and their families to notice it.
Suffering for 5 years with PPD, Anupriya from Mumbai overcame it through finding her love for running. Similarly, Chhavi Mittal raised awareness on social media about the challenges new moms face and how family support is of utmost importance at this juncture for the mom.
It is heartbreaking to see how our society fails to support its mothers during their postpartum recovery. The only ray of hope for new moms is the support that they receive from family, especially from their life partners.
Like any other ailment, post-partum depression could be cured with medication, therapy or interventions. But, the first step of healing starts with realization – the acceptance that your loved one needs help and support.
So in case, you’ve just become a father or you’ve got a new mom in your family, please extend all possible support to the mother and make sure she never feels lonely in this battle.