Laughing through Depression

There IS a stigma. Let’s face it. No one, no woman, barely opens up about it. I’m not an expert who spent hours in the library researching the science behind depression and graduated with a medical license. But, I am, an expert because it is my life. Get this. The CDC identified over 9,000 women in the years of 2005-2009, that suffered from a form of depression. And those were only the cases that the CDC identified! That study also indicated that depression in pregnant woman was higher percentage of not being diagnosed. Okay. Enough about the facts. Let’s talk. Depression is a bitch. Depression is ugly. Depression is real. So why hide and suffer alone? The truth of the matter is, you are not alone. Need facts? Look above. Is it hard to digest and talk about? Absolutely. But, you haven’t failed in life, as a mom, as a wife, as a daughter, or as a person. Depression IS a disease. Diseases require a form of treatment; rather that treatment is pharmaceutical, holistic, spiritual, etc. And, like any disease, there are beautiful days and dark days. I am not ashamed that I am a sufferer of Postpartum Depression. I became ashamed that I nearly gave up. It’s honorable to fight this disease. Depression does not have to ruin your life. You can have a disease or the disease can have you. Side Note: Don’t suffer in silence anymore. There are many outlets to find help. And if you aren’t sure where to turn, call 1-800-273-TALK or visit this website (you can even chat online!): http://suicidehotlines.com/national CDC link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22691031

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