Myth: Postpartum depression is just like typical depressioniStock/sdominick
Postpartum depression is quite different from typical depression in that the symptoms can manifest into bouts of anger and rage. Kimberly Solo, LICSW has a private practice in Westwood, Massachusetts specializing in treating women with prenatal and postpartum mood disorders says, “Often postpartum depression is typically accompanied by significant irritability and anger. This can manifest into impatience and having a short temper, making it very difficult to deal with the stressors that accompany taking care of a newborn. A woman may often feel intense rage that she has never experienced before.” Typical depression does not involve these components.
Myth: Postpartum depression is a visible condition that others can easily see or senseiStock/Steve Debenport
It’s assumed that women with postpartum depression can’t get out of bed, are disheveled, and appear severely depressed—which just isn’t true. “Many women look as if they have it all together on the exterior postpartum although they are actually struggling internally. They may be showered, dressed and their house may look neat although on the inside they may be battling with very uncomfortable thoughts and feelings,” says Solo.