Learning the Stages of Postpartum Depression

4 years ago

I was thinking about the experience of going through PPD as seen through the lens of the famed "5 Stages of Grief," the process people go through when dealing with grief and tragedy, developed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss psychiatrist who wrote the book On Death and Dying. Could we look at the process of going through postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety in a similar way? I think so.

1. Denial: This must be what new motherhood is like. I'll be alright. It can't be postpartum depression, because I'm not mentally ill. I'm sure it will wear off soon. I just need more sleep.

2. Anger: Nobody understands what I'm going through. Why me?! This is supposed to be a time of joy. I don't deserve this. I don't want to have to take medication. I don't want to go to therapy. I shouldn't have to call a doctor. This is not fair.

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