Postpartum depression is hard to define. That’s because there are so many different variations of it. Medically speaking, it’s defined as “depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue.”
But a lot of mothers who have dealt with it or are dealing with it right now know that it’s not easy to describe or even talk about for that matter. Everyone has different symptoms and different ways of trying to cope with it.
For new mom Jessica Porten, she never in a million years would have thought that talking about her postpartum depression would leave her in trouble. With no one else to really speak to, she talked about her symptoms and her feelings with her doctor during a routine check up. Unfortunately, she didn’t get the response that she was looking for. In fact, it was quite worse that what she expected to happen that day.
Now before we get into this, let’s make one thing clear: not every medical professional reacts this way. In fact, we don’t know of many doctors that would do this at all.