If you follow Calm to Conniption on Instagram you would have seen earlier in the week I posted this black and white pic of my little man, Ari. It was taken just before his first birthday. Just when I felt I could finally, truly, exhale.
This week is Post and Antenatal Depression Awareness Week. The black and white images filling Instagram are to recognise this.
Though nothing is black and white with PND.
I was never diagnosed with PND but I definitely had a severe case of “baby blues” after the birth of Ari. The physical changes thrown in with the mental upheaval plus the overwhelm of the reality that another little person is relying on me for their life was like a cannonball hitting my stomach. At times it was hard to breath.
I got through my days by breaking them down into small three-hour segments. If I just got through this segment that is another three hours down. It made the overwhelm shrink. It made moments like at 4 months when the nurse I was seeing told me I was “happily starving” my child no less painful but more rationally manageable. Ari’s first year was made up of just under 2,920 segments.
Even though the love is so great for this new little marvel that has entered our world we can need a cushion to rest our emotions.
Sometimes the hole parents fall into is so deep they need someone to lower the ladder to help them out. This is where the wonderful work of PANDA comes in.
PANDA is the only national organisation in Australia that provides support services for suffers of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after birth. Here are the stats:
Thank goodness for people like PANDA and those that talk about the mountains they climb in the hope they are helping others get over their own.
If you or someone you know needs help you can all the PANDA national helpline on 1300 726 306 or visit www.panda.org.au.
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