The Truth About Postpartum Depression
Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields at one time were engaging in a word war against each other because of a type of depression, called postpartum depression. Cruise's and Brooke's debacle started when Tom Cruise openly and verbally disapproved of Brooke Shield's personal choice of opting to take prescribed medicines to cure her postpartum depression, when he guested on the Today Show.
According to Cruise, who is a popular devotee of Scientology (who beliefs are that we can be cured through natural means and that taking medicine is doing our body harm), Brooke Shields should have instead, opted to cure her postpartum depression by doing healthy exercises. Adding that a lot of people have been misinformed about depression and how to actually cure this common illness.
But what is postpartum depression really? We've heard about it often enough, yet are we really sure that we know enough about it for us to actually understand this illness in order for us to help ourselves as well as others? Being pregnant should really be a source of joy for everyone, especially the mother to be, who for nine months, will actually have a living being grow from inside of her.
Unfortunately, there is another side to this joyous occasion, being pregnant means that you and your body will have to get used to some adjustments (sometimes minor for some, often times major for others) for you to have a safe pregnancy. Smoking, alcohol, strenuous activities as well as stress should be avoided at all cost. A healthy baby means having a healthy mother as well. But given that you have been able to successfully avoid all these bad habits for your baby to be, childbirth is a whole different thing, as much as we may try to avoid it, there are still some unfortunate cases wherein the mother's as well as the baby's life might be in danger.
But aside from all the physical changes and risks, there's actually more. Postpartum depression actually happens after childbirth. Although it's quite common and a lot of women have learned how to deal with it, as well as successfully treat it (like Brooke Shields), it is still quite avoidable. Postpartum depression is actually a lot like depression, but it seems that new moms are the most likely victims of this illness.
There are actually a lot possible reasons why postpartum depression occurs:
* Childbirth as we all know is not as easy as pie. The actual physical stress from giving birth is one of the main reasons why postpartum depression occurs.
* Next postpartum depression trigger is massive changes is hormonal levels.
* A lot of moms-to-be who were hesitant about bearing a child are also more susceptible to postpartum depression, those who are not ready to be a mother yet are more likely to get depressed as opposed to those who are ready to be a mother, being happy and excited moms-to-be.
When postpartum depression happens, it really is best to go to the doctor immediately. Aside from obviously having ill-effects for the new mother, postpartum depression can prove to be harmful to the child as well. New mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression may be harboring ill feelings toward their children (of course it is not intentional, it is part of the depressive cycle). Their are actually some cases of murder and even suicide cases wherein postpartum depression has been cited as the reason or underlying motivation.
Mothers who suffer from postpartum depression often may blame their child for their weight gain, thus feeling like they've become less attractive, unwanted, less desired, and even unloved. It is really best to consult a reputable cognitive behavior therapist to take care of your postpartum woes, your therapist may prescribe medications to help cure postpartum depression as well as therapy sessions to help relieve whatever pent up emotions that you may have.
If you feel any of these symptoms coming on, do not hesitate to seek help from your family and friends, and especially professional help. Sometimes just talking it out with women in your family and friends circle can help mild cases, but do not be afraid or feel ashamed to seek out professional help as well. Trying to stay "emotionally tough" to get through it may backfire. And even if you may not agree with Tom's religion, but do agree with not using medication, there are alternatives, but you must seek professionals to find out your options.
Do it for your child, do it for your family, do it for your spousal relationship, but mostly, do it for YOU!
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