Post Natal Depression Recovery doesn’t have to be difficult. First we need to understand what PND is. Post natal Depression effects 1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 men.
According to the website panda.org.au Postnatal depression and anxiety (PNDA) can be devastating and debilitating illnesses that can persist and affect not just a new mother but everyone around her. It is not a modern condition. Each generation calls it something different. What we call PostNatal Depression and Anxiety today may have been called a ‘nervous breakdown’ fifty years ago.
Post Natal Depression and Anxiety can be mild, moderate or severe and symptoms can begin suddenly after birth or appear gradually in the weeks or months during the first year after birth.
Post Natal Depression and Anxiety occurs in all cultures and can happen to child-bearing women of all ages. Pregnancy is the common factor. It can happen after miscarriage or stillbirth, normal or traumatic delivery, or caesarean delivery. Post Natal Depression and Anxiety happens not only after a first baby. It can occur after a third or fifth baby. Sometimes it happens after a first baby only. Sometimes it happens with a third baby, but not with the first two. Sometimes it happens after each pregnancy.
An American expat in Australia, Dawn struggled to smoosh motherhood into her already complex identity but that didn’t stop her looking for bliss (and kangaroos) even without a map.
This particular road lead to a dormant love for acrylic paint which ultimately helped Dawn heal from post natal depression.
Dawn lives with her farm-raised Aussie husband and half-American baby girl. Aside from raising a human and doing laundry, she’s always creating. Creating sentences, recipes, artwork, lists, goals, designs, DIY projects, anything to keep the muses at home and the smiles plentiful.
Listen to Dawns courageous story of Post Natal Depression Recovery and if you found this interview helpful, pleased share it with other on your favourite social media platform. My hope is that people who a going through something similar may come across this interview as well and it may offer them hope while they are on their own path to post natal depression recovery.