One of the worst things about experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety is the fear. Fear of what’s happening to you. Fear that no one else will understand. Fear that you’ll never get better.
There are many people who understand exactly what you are going through, and with their help you will recover. The problem is, of course, you don’t know who the heck these people are or how to find them. You don’t even know what kind of help you need or where to look for it. Not a problem!
Many states have statewide organizations whose mission is to provide very localized support and services for people who reside within their state. They offer everything from support groups and continuing education for physicians, to advocacy for supportive state legislation and lists of psychiatrists and counselors within the state who have a lot of experience treating these illnesses. You can find a full list of local postpartum depression support non-profits here.
Some of you will be surprised to find that there is a specialized treatment center in your state or country. The physicians at these centers work primarily with women who have perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as other mental health issues women may experience. Some women even choose to travel out of state to these clinics if their situation is severe. By the way, since many of these centers also conduct research, you may be eligible to receive care via a clinical trial if your insurance doesn’t allow you to go to that particular hospital. You can find our list of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder specialists here.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, please feel free to reach out to us through our contact page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. New resources are being created all the time!