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Post-Partum Depression

I think it’s very important for women to understand that if you feel depressed after the birth of a child, you aren’t alone, and that there are people for you to talk to who understand, and that, possibly even more importantly, there’s nothing wrong with you. You’re hardly alone. I know just from having depression that it’s easy to feel isolated and alone, and when I was really depressed, it was all I could do sometimes just to take care of my cat. Taking care of a baby? I can’t even imagine. But there’s hope, and there’s help. Post-Partum depression is understood better than it was before, and recognized as something legitimate and treatable, and something that isn’t the mother’s fault. It just happens. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad mother or you’ve messed anything up. It’s just something you need to talk to someone about.

I saw this poster at the gynecologist’s office and then found it online, because I think it’s something really important that often gets overlooked and I wanted to post it here. It’s from WellMama and I think they did a really good job.

WellMama

For people out of this immediate area, I also found a website called Postpartum Support International at:

http://www.postpartum.net/

This is quoted from their resources page:

“Postpartum Support International has many resources to help families, providers, and communities learn about the emotional and mental health of childbearing families. If you are not able to find what you’re looking for in the blue menu on the left of your screen, there are three ways to find more options: You can do a search by typing keywords in the search box at the upper right of your screen; access the whole website site map HERE to get a listing of all pages; or contact the PSI office for assistance at psioffice@postpartum.net or 503-894-9453.”

They have links to other webpages and it looks like a good site to check out.

So reach out and find some help, for you and your baby, because you’ll both feel better, and you’ll both be happier, and because it’s just so much nicer knowing that you’re not the only one that feels that way.

Big hugs.

 

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Not Your Kind of People

Sometimes when I get new music there’s a song that particularly strikes me, fits the place I’m at. Feels a little like an anthem of a sort. And it’s nice to know someone else felt the same, enough to write a song I can identify with enough. It is/was a popular song at the time, so obviously it struck a chord, much as Radiohead’s “Creep” did. There are a lot of us, apparently.

This is from the band Garbage, who I’ve always liked. I know someone who could give you a much better history of the band–he’s been to see them more than once in concert and is good with details about that kind of thing. Basically, in my recollection, it was started by a group of people in the music industry, producers, etc., who decided to see if they could start a band. They decided people were going to be cynical of their efforts and were just going to say they were going to sound like garbage, so they took that for their band name. They’re anything but. I suppose one would either like them or not, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anyone say they “sort of” like them.

They don’t pander. They mock. They write ballads. They go heavy on the guitars. And they sound like themselves. Granted, I’m not exposed to a whole world of music, but I don’t often think, “Gee, that band sounds like Garbage,” which sounds funny. I’m sure there are some, I just don’t who they are. Sort of a heavier retro-ish band.

“Not Your Kind of People” is off their 2012 album, Not Your Kind of People. It’s on sale at Amazon for $5.99 right now, a really good deal.

Live version in Taipai–sometimes hard to understand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUnVnR56d3M&w=560&h=315

Album version–Album Cover–You can go do other things
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KckCsw_JyJI&w=560&h=315