It’s OK to Ask for Help…& Other Lessons I Learned in the Psych Ward
No one WANTS to end up in the psych ward, but what if the lessons learned from spending time there changed the course of your life for the better?
This week, on momrepublic, we talk with writer, director and producer of Playing Monopoly With God, Melissa Bangs, about her battle with postpartum psychosis, her time in a psych ward, and everything she learned along the way. Here are some surprising lessons we learned from chatting with her:
It’s okay to ask for help.
After her time in the psych ward, Melissa’s medical team advised her that it was not best for her to lose significant amounts of sleep. But how does a mother of a newborn get through sleepless nights without going sleepless? Her village, that’s how. Melissa shares about how and when people showed for her and why each of us as mamas needs to get better about asking our own communities of friends and family for help.
You are normal (and so is she.)
Melissa shares the important truth that postpartum mood disorders are surprisingly common. Women all over the world suffer from PPMD’s everyday. So, you are not alone.
There’s no shame in it.
Melissa shares heartbreaking stories of other women in her life who suffered in silence. Though she herself struggled with whether or not to share her story with the world…in the end she decided that it was important to remove the stigma and shame that often accompanies postpartum mood disorders. You don’t have to suffer in silence. Tell your partner, tell your mom or sister, tell a friend. Chances are they or someone they know has struggled, too.
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This post was written by Diana Cherry and originally appeared over on her blog, The Front Yard Frontier, wife and mother of 4, breastfeeding advocate, and Milkmakers editor.