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Surviving postpartum depression through crafts

Hi! I'm Lee, and I'm a mom who's been there, done that.

I've been through the postpartum depression journey twice with my boys who are 2.5 years apart. Postpartum depression can be scary and overwhelming, but I want to let you know that you're not alone! There are things you can do to help yourself feel better — and we'll talk about those in this article.

Postpartum Depression is a mental illness that affects new mothers and fathers, couples, and families. It can happen to anyone but is more common in women who have recently given birth or are approaching the one-year mark after having a baby. Postpartum depression affects over 10% of new mothers and has been linked to postpartum psychosis, which is a rare form of mental illness where symptoms include hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.

Postpartum psychosis can be life-threatening if not treated immediately.

I've been through the postpartum depression psychosis and I know the struggle is real. When you're going through postpartum depression, it feels like everything is going wrong—and we're not even talking about the fact that you feel like you're losing your mind. But many don’t seek treatment because they think it’s normal to feel this way after having a baby – or they don’t recognize their symptoms as depression and assume that their problems will go away on their own with time and rest.

While the symptoms of postpartum depression vary from person to person, they often include:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness and guilt

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy (like cooking)

  • Changes in appetite (e.g., eating too much or too little)

  • Changes in sleep patterns (e.g., sleeping too much or not enough)

  • Irritability; and lack of energy/feelings of fatigue.

But as bad as it feels, there are ways to fight back against it. And one of them is crafting! Crafting can help you get back on track in so many ways:

  • -It lets your creativity flow, helping you regain control of your life in a healthy way.

  • -It helps you feel better about yourself and your situation, which can be difficult when you're feeling down or overwhelmed.

While crafting might not be enough to make all the feelings of sadness go away, it is a great way to help moms deal with postpartum depression. I hope that, if you're experiencing PPD right now, this blog has given you some food for thought on how you might be able to use your crafting skills as a coping strategy—or perhaps as an outlet for creativity and self-expression.

Postpartum depression can be severe or mild, so if you experience any symptoms at all, please seek help immediately! If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, please talk to your healthcare provider right away. They will be able to refer you to a mental health professional who can provide supportive counseling and treatment options. And if you're not experiencing PPD right now, I hope this blog has given you some insight into what women are going through when they do. Whether or not you've ever been through it yourself, it's an important issue that we all need to take more seriously.

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