Having a new baby is the most wonderful time in a mom's life... except when it isn't.
According to the American Psychological Association, about 1 in 7 mothers will experience postpartum depression (PPD), a mood disorder that occurs after childbirth and is characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, anger, and even resentment toward the new baby. It is much different than the general fear and anxiety that occur with taking care of a newborn, particularly for first-time parents.
One of the hardest parts of dealing with PPD is feeling like nobody else understands what it's like to have those feelings. For someone who hasn't lived with it, it doesn't seem to make sense that a new baby would bring on such negative emotions.
In a recent video, Buzzfeed interviewed moms about their experiences with PPD. While their stories vary, their answers share many heartbreaking features, like the experience of feeling lost and out of control.
"I believed that every parent around me knew what they were doing and I was this devastating failure," one woman said.
"I knew I had postpartum depression the first time I went to go pump my breast milk at work," said another, "and I just broke down crying."
While they may have been united in their uncontrollable feelings, they also had one very important thing in common: hope.
"To all the mothers going through this, surround yourself with people who get it, because you're not alone."
Check out their important message here:
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for support and information about important resources.