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This Is What It Feels Like To Survive Postpartum Depression And Anxiety

One in seven moms will suffer from a perinatal mood disorder. These are just a few of them.

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Each year somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 new moms (both biological and adoptive) suffer from maternal mental illness in the United States alone.

Filmmaker Jill Krause traveled to three cities to interview seven different survivors of postpartum depression and anxiety. This short video tells their stories:

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"Each one was different," Krause explained, "Different stages of struggle and healing, and different battles."

Still, Krause told BuzzFeed Life, "each one was driven to share by love -- love for their children, and love for other moms."


To put things in perspective, "postpartum depression is far more common than gestational diabetes," explains Dr. Ruta Nonacs, a perinatal and reproductive psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In fact, according to Dr. Nonacs, "postpartum depression is the most common complication associated with pregnancy and childbirth." Unfortunately, unlike potential medical complications, the mental health of postpartum women is not closely monitored.