Postpartum Depression, Shame and Stigma
Clara just had a baby. But she was not feeling very…well, happy. Yes, she felt overpowering love for her new baby. But she also felt irritable, depressed, nauseous and she was crying alot. Even worse, she started having nightmares. Scary nightmares that she dared not talk to anyone else about. They were, well, just plain disturbing. They centered around things that she imagined could just happen to her baby that were outside of her control. She was trying to hide behind a veil of smiles and perky laughter.
Clara felt very scared and very, very, ashamed of herself. She wondered why she wasn’t happy. She didn’t want to admit she was depressed. After all, she couldn’t possibly have a mental illness! Weren’t people who are depressed kind of crazy and lazy? What couldn’t she talk herself out of this?