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Postpartum Mood Disorder (added link to project at bottom of post.)

a client who suffered with depression and psychosis

Following the birth of a child, some women experience a mental health disorder called Postpartum Mood Disorder (I am unsure if the USA is the only place that uses this term). I am currently working on a Photo essay around this topic.

This is an important story for me because of my own experience with Postpartum Mood Disorder (PPMD). Having struggled with PPMD after the birth of my 2nd child I found myself feeling isolated and without support. I found myself fearful of sharing my experience because of my fear of what the general public visualize "PPMD" to be. What I found is more women than we realize suffer with PPMD. Inspired by the works of one of my favorite photographers, I decided I wanted to depict, visually, PPMD and how it isn't this scary ugly person we tend to visualize and instead is this beautiful person that we see every day. I want this to be a story that helps to celebrate,inspire, and advance the lives of women living with PPMD. I want this story to help advocate for those with PPMD and to help open the eyes of the public to this struggle so many of us women have been challenged with. This is not an essay about being ashamed to have PPMD this is a story I am hoping helps to empower those with PPMD and helps give awareness and support to this community of women.

My photo essay depicts portraits of women who are or have suffered PPMD along with an audio recording, in their voice, sharing an intimate moment or feeling that represents their experience with PPMD. My goal is sharing this project with women so they will find, instead of isolation, a connection. A bond.

I am interested in knowing how different cultures deal with PPMD and what terms they use to describe it. Any comments regarding this are greatly appreciated.

This is a link to my project. This project is in its infancy. It is growing and needs some fine tuning so please excuse any background noises and fluctuations in volume.



Okeny-Lucia's picture

You are a great woman!

Thank you for sharing this very intriguing issue about mental disorder.

The magnitude is not well documented in my country(Kenya),however this is something that I too witnessed on mothers while I worked with the maternal health units.The society takes it as hysteria or maternal blues that is bound to go away.Many a times these women suffer silently.

It consequences is considered not so significant and mostly ,this women pass unnoticed to the health providers themselves.It is traumatising when people dont know what you are suffering from.

Thank you it is a commendable piece of article.I welcome you to my journal to read more on mental illness.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

MelissaGrace's picture

Thank you!!

Thank you Lucia. I look forward to reading your journal and learning more about you and your work. I am new to World Pulse so as I learn how to use this site I will add you as a friend. I'd like to ask you more about this mental disorder in your country because I would love for my project to be global. I haven't quite figured out how I will grow my project but feel that it will be like an author writing a book and her characters developing and growing as she writes.

I went back to my journal post and added the link to my project on youtube. It is still a young project and work needs to be done in editing etc but it gives an idea of where I am at right now.

I am off to read your journal.

Melissa Miller

ikirimat's picture

Very important topic. I too

Very important topic. I too suffered post partum stress after the birth of my twins. I was able to notice it because I had earlier on read about it in the internet. I had not enough sleep, financial strain, .....After sometime, I felt I could not handle. Anyway, I had to deal with this challenge and fortunately over came it.

Women indeed have endless issues to deal with. I have also highlighted issues about women in my journal

Thank you for sharing about it.

Grace Ikirimat

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