Because my last post was all about the “Babymoon”, that sticky sweet time of bonding, breastfeeding and beaming at your newborn…this post is about the oft overlooked flip side of birth (and pregnancy); those darker more complex feelings many birth parents experience, but may feel unable to openly discuss. We have a general acceptance of the “baby blues” in our society, but Postnatal (and Perinatal) Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, and OCD are very real and can affect anyone, even when all seemingly goes to plan. Check out this article and excellent infographic by kidspot.com.au and the following piece on Birth Trauma.
There is also postpartum bipolar or bipolar, peripartum onset that can manifest without postpartum psychosis. My postpartum bipolar disorder manifested as mania but no one detected it until six weeks postpartum. My book “Birth of a New Brain-Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder” with a foreword by Dr.Walker Karraa (author of the acclaimed book “Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth”) will be published by Post Hill Press in 2017.
I just bought a fantastic book you can recommend to mothers: http://www.amazon.com/Mothering-Through-Darkness-Postpartum-Experience/dp/1631528041. It is amazing.