Mother shares the reality of living with postpartum depression in a series of photographs


Postpartum depression occurs after a woman has given birth and may present immediately after delivery or in some cases, up to a year later. The true causes are still unknown, what is certain is that there are hormonal changes during and after pregnancy that can affect the mood of the mother.

Some of the symptoms that it presents are: agitation and irritability, anxiety, negative thoughts, difficulty in sleeping, changes in appetite, feelings of uselessness, guilt, retraction or disconnection with reality, lack of pleasure or interest, loss of concentration or energy and problems to perform tasks at home.

She wanted to share her case

She is Kathy DiVicenzo, who has decided to share her problem through social networks and show the world that everything is not perfect. Kathy has given birth to her second daughter and was diagnosed with postpartum depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wanted to share her story because she knows that she is not alone and that there are many women who live the same situation.

Her friend, the photographer Danielle Fantis, who is dedicated to capturing images of people with anxiety problems, held a session with Kathy; the images are amazing, in them you can see how the days with postpartum depression are. At one point she can be very happy and energetic and the next she begins to feel helpless and powerless to get out of bed.

Try to raise awareness

Maybe you feel uncomfortable at the moment, believe me I feel that way too. But I am going to challenge you to challenge the discomfort that society has imposed on a mental illness such as postpartum depression and I want you to listen to me. May has been declared the month of awareness of postpartum depression and as someone who has been diagnosed with this disease, I think it's time to show the world what it really is, not only the side of me that is worthy to appear on Facebook, This is the reality, this is my life depending on the day. However, I would only share one of these images and maybe this is the problem. The only thing more exhausting than having this disease is to pretend every day that it is not true. I try to hide it because I do not want them to think I'm weak, crazy or a terrible mother, or the other million things that my mind tries to convince. We have to stop assuming that the postpartum period is full of euphoria because for one in seven women it is not.

These are the words that Kathy made known through her account, how difficult it is to have this disease, but on the other hand, it also tries to disprove the falsehood of social networks when people only share happy images, leaving side the pain they are suffering, for fear of criticism.

His bravery went viral

We need to break the stigma and share our stories, letting others know that they are not alone.

She encourages other mothers to share their cases, knows that it is necessary to raise awareness among women, that they know the symptoms, risk factors and seek help. The impact was so great that its publication has been shared more than 70 thousand times. She wants to show the other women that they are not fighting alone.

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