Does anything positive come out of pospartum depressiom?

How could anything positive come from postpartum depression, you might be wondering. Katherine Stone shares her take on how postpartum changed her as a person and how it can have the same effect on others.
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Does anything positive come out of pospartum depressiom?

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I think that when you are in the depths of misery, with postpartem depression and anxiety, it is hard to hear from someone that there could be anything good coming out of it. However, at the risk of making you feel slightly uncomfortable to hear this, I will say that I think I am overall a better human being for being through PPD. I have empathy now for other people and their struggles. I have a better understanding of the importance to everyone of emotional health. I have more empathy for moms, not just those who go through postpartem depression, but any other type of struggle, and there are many as we all know. And I think there's something about being vulnerable that allows you to be a role model to your children. That it's ok to be vulnerable. It's ok to be imperfect. It's ok to have periods when you are unhappy and you are unsure. And you can keep going and persevere and get through those.And that's a gift - it is a gift you can give your children.

How could anything positive come from postpartum depression, you might be wondering. Katherine Stone shares her take on how postpartum changed her as a person and how it can have the same effect on others.

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Katherine Stone

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Katherine Stone is the founder and editor of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression, and a columnist for Disney’s Babble.com. She’s also the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with PPD. In 2012, Katherine was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012 by Babble, and has been selected as a Health Hero by WebMD. Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News and the Washington Post, among others.

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