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Postpartum Depression: Resources And Your Voices

A stock image of a baby's foot. (ethan.john/Flickr)
A stock image of a baby's foot. (ethan.john/Flickr)
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Our October 20, 2015 conversation on postpartum depression research and realities brought a lot of calls and comments.

And caller Margaret, from Omaha, Neb., really moved us and our guests.

"I was one of those people who had everything at my disposal, so I felt there was no reason for me to feel depressed," Margaret told us. "There was this huge stigma attached...For me, this didn't present as depression. I was agitated all the time...if women are feeling that, I encourage them to reach out."

Another caller, Katie in Buffalo, NY, praised the discussion of postpartum anxiety, and encourage women who have anxiety as new mothers to talk openly with loved ones, medical experts and support groups as a way to find closure and treatment.

"Anxiety symptoms are debilitating, and that anxiety can lead to suicidal thoughts," guest Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody told us after talking with Katie.

We've assembled a small collection of resources below for listeners, who wrote in, called in and tweeted at us looking for guidance. It's by no means exhaustive, and we're happy to add more resources per other listener suggestions. Additionally, the social media hashtags #PPD and #WarriorMom are great places to look for community conversation around the topic.

-- Postpartum Progress: The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)

-- Postpartum Support International

-- Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project

-- Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health


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