Letter: Postpartum depression devastating

How is a mother to feel when caring for her new baby? In general, a mother will feel joy and excitement in bonding with her newborn.

However, a woman who suffers from postpartum depression and/or anxiety disorder may feel none of those feelings. She will experience pain and terror; her despondency will be paralyzing.

It is estimated that one in eight women will suffer from postpartum depression and/or anxiety disorder within a year after giving birth.

The difference between postpartum depression and the "baby blues" is that postpartum depression often affects a woman's well being and keeps her from functioning in good health for a longer period of time.

The symptoms of crying spells, anxiety and insomnia will last longer than the typical 2-3 weeks of "baby blues." Postpartum depression needs to be treated by a doctor. Counseling, support groups and medicines can help.

We are looking for volunteers who will help organize and be a part of a postpartum support group to meet the needs of new mothers in the Kingman area.

If you have had any experience with postpartum depression within your own life or with a loved one, or if you feel you have something to offer and are looking for a way to help ease the burden of mothers struggling with PPD, please e-mail Nicole at greatwhitenorthnic@hotmail.com.

This will be a "mother-to-mother" peer support group where women can share their feelings openly, without fear of judgment.

We can make a difference for overwhelmed mothers struggling to find joy and support within their new endeavor of parenting.

Nicole Rode

Kingman