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Thursday, August 14, 2008

There is a Monster Inside

This post goes to all women who have met her, the monster I am talking about.

I am not the only one who called her 'a monster', other people too. *

I hate her, perhaps all of you who met her do too. My wife is battling and winning against her.

This monster will make you feel sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most mothers met her one time, one way or another. It can make your mood swing 360 degrees, like a feeling of loss, anger or frustration interfering with every happy day for an extended time. She attacks in a mild way, moderate or severe.

Tiredness, a problem in sleeping, a strong emotional reactions, and changes in body weight are some of her symptoms.

If you delivered a lovely and beautiful baby, one that can't be bought with money, and have the following symptoms, you are dealing with this monster.

  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed
  • Crying a lot
  • Having no energy or motivation
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Trouble focusing, remembering, or making decisions
  • Feeling worthless and guilty
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Having headaches, chest pains, heart palpitations (the heart beating fast and feeling like it is skipping beats), or hyperventilation (fast and shallow breathing)

After pregnancy, signs of depression may also include being afraid of hurting the baby or oneself and not having any interest in the baby. Postpartum depression often affects a woman’s well-being and keeps her from functioning well for a period of time.

All children deserve the chance to have a healthy mom. All moms deserve the chance to enjoy their life and their children. Don’t suffer alone.

Last night, at 2am midnight, I was awaken by a loud, pitiful cry by the very lovely woman who bore my pretty girl. I have to hug her, cry with her, and cuddle the baby who too was crying because her Mom cries desperately. PPD, or Post partum depression, along with her hair falling is the monster my wife and I are fighting. She cannot rob us of our happiness and joy, and the wonderful dreams we have of our flourishing family and getting stronger abd stronger relationship.

Sometimes in life we get arrested with afflictions and infirmities, diseases and sickness that makes us slow and weak, but with the wonder healing power of love, unfailing and constant, and faith in Him who knows us all, who loves us all and who care for us more than anyone in this world, there is hope, solid, true, and never waning...

If you have met this monster before, please leave us a comment and suggest what we can do to relieve my dear wife. I honestly plead for your help.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hi there,

oohh sad to read your wife is battling with post partum depression. I know what it is all about i was on the same road as well but i overcome it without any medical medications. When i was 5 months preggy, i had pre-depression and i luckymy gynae is so supportive of what i feel. Did she had pre-depression coz it is said that it is more expcted to have worst post depreesion. How old is your baby? i know it is really overwhelming coz of the baby everything change, sleep patterns, but with your warm love and support im sure she will overcome it. Pls give my hugs for her, im just concern... u both take care... ann