Supporting Parents with Postpartum Depression
For a woman who is struggling with depression the primary goal is to make her feel understood and accepted without any sense of judgement. Many women blame themselves for being depressed and question their own self-worth. The depressive mind sees no possibility so it is very important to make the woman understand that things will not stay the same way and the more she opens herself to help the less likely she is to remain depressed. Professional women may exhibit postpartum depression more severely because not only are they feeling unwell but they might also blame themselves for being incompetent. It is very important to help these women understand that mothering requires a different set of skills and they must not approach it with their “professional” mindset.