22 Things You Can Do for a Woman Suffering From Postpartum Depression
The American Psychological Association estimates that 9-16 percent of new moms will experience postpartum depression (PPD). That makes it a fairly strong possibility that someone in your life is struggling or will struggle with the condition.
PPD leaves women feeling guilty, overwhelmed, helpless, and often numb. It is a scary and isolating experience that many women would rather deny, fearing being judged or regarded as a “bad mom.”
Whether moms suffering from PPD acknowledge it or not, what they need the most is love and support. Here are 22 ways you can help support a woman suffering from postpartum depression:
1. Accept that she will not get better overnight.
Although she will recover, especially with your support and encouragement, this recovery will be gradual.
Remember that PPD is an actual form of depression, so telling her to “cheer up,” or “get over it” is not helpful and will likely be upsetting. Validate her feelings instead of suggesting that it’s just her hormones or she’s probably just tired, and settle in for a long process.