It is true that people are unique and that different people handle the same challenges differently. Some people get depressed after child bearing while others do not.
However, depression is neither a sign of weakness or failure, nor is it a sign of irresponsibility or victim playing. Treatment of the condition is possible if one admits that they are suffering from it and seeks help.
Depression is real and postpartum depression is even more real. The tragedy is that as a society we are neither fully prepared nor acutely aware of it and may not know if it is happening to us or others around us.
This realization calls for us to know and understand what it is and to identify it. Could postpartum depression have attacked you or your loved one and you had no idea?
Joanne Kirera is a practicing psychologist counselor working with teenagers, adult individuals as well as families. She can be reached via: [email protected]