Reva introduces herself and recalls when she first noticed she was experiencing postpartum depression (PPD).
My name is Reva, and my daughter just turned a year old this past September. I started noticing right away, it was within like the first couple of months of her life, that I was having some difficulty in terms of depressed thoughts and things of that nature, a lot of fatigue, and I knew about postpartum depression prior to this experience. I was educated about that. I am a resourceful person. I was a former caseworker, so I did know how to access resources within the community.
But unfortunately, there was very limited resources available in the community that I live in, in terms of trained professionals that can diagnose you and provide you the proper treatment. So that’s been the biggest obstacle.
I have private insurance so that wasn’t a problem, but in terms of contacting them and letting them put me in touch with trained professionals, that took a long time. And so I think that that was one of the biggest hurdles. And then a lot of misinformation and criticism from the community just for their lack of understanding also made my time a lot more difficult than it needed to be.
I would say, when I really did notice, it was probably two months after my daughter was born. I felt really tired. I felt overly critical of myself, at the time, and I was having trouble with eating. I wasn’t hungry at all. I just felt very kind of withdrawn and kind of overwhelmed by the entire situation and just over time that kind of built and more frustration, became anxiety, and I started to have panic attacks to where I felt like things were kind of out of control, and it was a very exhausting process.
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