Depression is a disease of epidemic proportions, and it’s one that often goes untreated. The World Health Organization has ranked depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide and research suggests that by 2020, major depression will be the second-leading cause of death in developed countries behind heart disease. That sounds pretty bleak, but there are things you can do to help yourself! The first step is recognizing that you may need help.
Our society has a very difficult time dealing with mental health issues, and this can make it difficult for people to ask for the assistance they need. If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out – your life depends on it! The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides support 24/seven from trained specialists at just one-800-273-TALK (or in some cases 011474). Another great resource is online communities like Postpartum Progress or PPD Bloggers. Where other moms share their struggles and triumphs as well as offer good resources of their own.