Postpartum Depression, You’re Not Alone
This mum shows what postnatal depression really looks like
The pictures are so relatable that they have now gone viral
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
When someone you know has a baby, what sort of photos do you usually see cropping up on their social media accounts? Cute pictures of them snuggling a snoozing newborn? Maybe a sweet snap of the baby pulling a gummy grin?
But do you ever see a candid picture of the mother looking dishevelled, stressed out and on the verge of tears? Celebrities have come forward to discuss their experiences with postnatal depression – Chrissy Teigen admitted she never thought it would happen to her, and Adele confessed that she was left frightened and questioning everything after the birth of her son.
We try and pick the moments wewantother people to see when it comes to sharing things online, and so many mothers will suffer from postnatal depression in secret, behind closed doors and definitely away from the prying eyes of Facebook friends.
So when mum-of-two Kathy DiVincenzo uploaded two side-by-side picture of herself and her children to highlight the reality of postnatal depression, it resonated with so many people that it has now gone viral.
‘Chances are, you’re feeling pretty uncomfortable right now,’ she wrote alongside the Facebook image.
In the first picture, Kathy is fully dressed and made up, smiling in a spotless nursery with her two children by her side. However, in the second, she is surrounded by toys, wearing just a bra and jogging bottoms and looks exhausted.
‘I’m going to challenge you to push past the discomfort society has placed on postpartum mental illness and hear me out. May has been declared Postpartum Depression Awareness Month and as someone with diagnosed postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD I feel like it’s time to show you what that can really look like, not just the side of me that’s ‘Facebook worthy’.’
Chances are, you’re feeling pretty uncomfortable right now (trust me I am too). I’m going to challenge you to push past the discomfort society has placed on postpartum mental illness and hear me out….
She continues: ‘The truth is, both of these pictures represent my life depending on the day. I would only ever comfortably share one of these realities though and that’s the problem.
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