Helping a friend with postpartum depression

Having struggled with postpartum depression herself, Katherine Stone shares some tips that can be easily utilized to help a friend with postpartum depression.
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Helping a friend with postpartum depression

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I think the most helpful thing that anybody can do for a for a mom with postpartum depression is to be supportive. It doesn't mean that you have to know the right thing to say; sometimes you don't need to say anything at all. Sometimes just sitting with someone and holding their hand, and not trying to convince them all the reasons why they should feel better about themselves is a good thing. Just allowing her to go through this, because trust me, it's not going to go away tomorrow. Postpartum depression is the kind of illness that really does a while to get over. And so if you can show her that you are there for the long haul, and you're going to sit there and hold her hand and go for a walk with her, and take the baby when she needs it if you can, those are amazing things and they will go a long way to assisting her in her recovery. So it's not always knowing the right thing to say; it's just being there and showing that you love her and you're going to stick around and help her get through it. It's really important.

Having struggled with postpartum depression herself, Katherine Stone shares some tips that can be easily utilized to help a friend with postpartum depression.

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Katherine Stone

Parenting Columnist & Advocate

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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