Why it's so hard to ask for help with PPD

Why is it so hard to ask for help? Katherine Stone dives into this topic, as a mother who once experienced postpartum depression. Gain insight on her advice for women who need support.
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Why it's so hard to ask for help with PPD

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I always say that asking for help sucks. And it does. And a lot of that has to do with our expectations of ourselves and the fact we think that we should be able to get through this. There is sort of pull yourself up by the boot strap mentality. And I think also, asking for help is sort of a way saying I can't do what the other one is doing, or what I think the other mom is doing. Cause actually she is not doing that well at all, it is all a show. but if we think everyone else around us has it together and is thrilled and happy, there is something about reaching out and actually admitting out load to someone else, this is not how it is for me. And that is very difficult for people to do. They are afraid of admitting failure, as a mother they are afraid something bad is going to happen if they tell the truth about what really is going on. None of those things are true, but it makes it very hard to reach out and ask for help.

Why is it so hard to ask for help? Katherine Stone dives into this topic, as a mother who once experienced postpartum depression. Gain insight on her advice for women who need support.

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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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