My name is Nadia Monroe. I am 34 years old and live with my husband and two daughters in University Park, Maryland. I work at a bank in Human Resources as my "real job." I also run a small non-profit called Postpartum Support Maryland. After the birth of my first daughter I experienced severe postpartum depression and anxiety. The healing journey from that experience allowed me to treat undiagnosed anxiety and OCD from all the way back to my childhood. Who knew? All that time I thought I was just a go-getter "type A" kind of person... turns out that in my case, the "A" in "type A" stood for anxiety.
The 4 months after I had my first daughter were the worst days of my life. During a time that I was told would be magical, I was anxious and crying, and would have jumped at any opportunity to abandon my life and my family. Postpartum depression - and all mental illnesses, acute or chronic - are not talked about openly in our society. The stigma perpetuates shame that is already rampant in the mind of a depressed or anxious person. This cycle is so harmful to the person who is already suffering, and it doesn't have to be this way.
If just one person had told me their story about having postpartum depression and how they healed, they might have saved me many horrible nights thinking about how much better off my family would be without me. And so I need to tell my story, to reach as many people as possible and say, "you are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help you will be well." #storytellingsaveslives
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