#9 Hidden Agendas

Hidden Agendas-sm#9 HIDDEN AGENDAS

Ambitious lawyer Lisa Mitchell, and her surgeon husband, Jim, thought they made the perfect power couple—that they’d live a perfect life together. That all changed when Lisa decided to start their family—without consulting Jim. From that day on, things changed. Their lives changed because they both had hidden agendas that affected not only their marriage, but the lives of their new family, too. Can they reconcile their differences for the sake of their children?

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Lisa Mitchell had many hidden agendas. But one she couldn’t discuss or disguise was her bout with postpartum depression.

Many people have the mistaken idea that postpartum depression makes a woman a bad mother. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s a complication of giving birth. The so-called “baby blues” often include crying jags, irritability, trouble sleeping, and mood swings, but when those feelings turn darker, the new mom can suffer from postpartum depression.

Things to look for with postpartum depression: an overwhelming feeling of fatigue, lack of interest in life, feelings of inadequacy, finding excuses not to interact with family and friends, volatile mood swings, feelings of guilt and shame, loss of appetite, loss of interest in sex, insomnia, thoughts of harming oneself or one’s newborn, intense anger, and the inability to bond with the baby.

Without treatment, postpartum depression can last for many months after birth.

How does this happen? A dramatic drop in hormones after the birth is one cause. Lack of sleep, along with feeling overwhelmed, losing one’s sense of self can all contribute to postpartum depression. After all, adding a new member to your family means a dramatic lifestyle change.

If these feelings don’t subside within a week or two, it’s time to seek out professional help.

Getting better: Recovery is possible. First, avoid being along. Talk to your partner, friends, and family. You don’t have to be alone. It’s difficult, but you can learn to think positively when faced with troubling situations. Be realistic. If you can’t do the laundry today, it’ll still be there tomorrow. Do what you can and don’t set your expectations too high. Treat yourself kindly. Take a walk with your baby. Eat Healthy. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be better able to take care of your baby.

For more information, check out these links:

Postpartum Depression Health Center
Medline Plus
Maternal Mental Illness