Can You Tell A Mom Has Postpartum Depression Just By Looking At Her?

Spoiler alert: You can’t.

Katherine Stone, founder and author of Postpartum Progress, asked her community of postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis, and OCD survivors to share a photo that could be captioned by filling in a simple sentence:

Below is a small sampling of the responses she got:

Adrienne Feldmann

Adrienne Feldmann

“When this picture was taken I was suffering through severe postpartum depression. You can’t tell by looking, but just hours before this picture was taken, I tried to kill myself. I had been sobbing for two weeks. An hour after this picture was taken, I got up on stage and performed for a church talent show like everything was fine.”

Adrienne Feldman / Via

Candice Brothers

Candice Brothers

“This picture was taken during my second round of PPD and 3 weeks before I entered the hospital for postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and chronic and acute PTSD. I had not left the apartment in months, and this was the day my husband dragged me and my boys outside to be in the sun. I was dealing with flashbacks of my postpartum hemorrhage, high suicidal ideation, and extremely intrusive thoughts.”

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