I just wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I see you, I'm praying for you, and you are truly at the top of our Heavenly Father's mind. He sees your pain, he sees your suffering, and he desires to see you healed, set you free, and live a life full of love, joy, hope, peace, and purpose. For years, I have counseled many of my sisters from different backgrounds, cultures, races, and upbringings who have been (S)uffering (I)n (S)ilence for way too long.
Pregnancy can be an emotionally overwhelming experience for just about anybody. But for women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it can be downright scary. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information to be found about how PTSD can impact a pregnancy, leaving many moms-to-be with even more questions and concerns.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, 70-80% of all new mothers experience what’s called the “baby blues”, while only 10% – 20% suffer from postpartum depression. With so many women experiencing some form of emotional upheaval after giving birth, why is there still so much confusion about the two?
It’s natural to feel down or anxious from time to time. What’s not natural, however, is prolonged feelings of hopelessness and despair. When these emotions grab hold, and won’t let go, it is likely you may have depression. Depression makes every day a constant challenge. You no longer enjoy life as you once did. Just getting out of bed can feel overwhelming.