Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's Never Too Late

...not even if you initially saw a therapist a few times and then didn't go back.
...not even if you previously stopped taking medication because you didn't like the side effects or thought that you had recovered.
...not even if your child is more of a toddler or preschooler than a baby.
...not even if you prefer not to take medication.  (There are lots of treatment options, and some cases can be treated with therapy or other methods...not everyone needs medication, though some do.)
...not even if you feel your family or friends don't support you seeking treatment.
...not even if you are feeling (unnecessarily) ashamed or private and therefore have held off because you've been uncomfortable telling people how you are feeling.
...not even if you you tried alternative treatment options first, but haven't found relief from the depression or anxiety.
...not even if you had recovered from PPD and now you are experiencing a more chronic depression or anxiety.
...not even if you swore you could do this "on your own".
...not even if everyone is telling you that you seem to be doing just fine now, but you're not so sure.
...not even if you feel so badly that you are convinced you'll never get better...that this is your new reality.  (It's not; I promise...it just feels that way right now.)

Bottom line?  It is NEVER too late to seek treatment for postpartum depression or anxiety.  While this is not forever, seeking help for PPD is the best way to feel better sooner than later.  Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are 100% treatable.  Reach out today.  You'll be glad you did.


Grace @ Arms Wide Open said...

you are awesome. this is awesome. How are YOU doing these days, by the way?

Katherine said...

I'm just going to copy this word for word and put it in Daily Hope! ;-)

Kimberly said...

Amen! It's never late! You deserve all the help because you're worth it!!