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.

    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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    "I knew this would be a powerful experience before I started, but I was surprised by how truly honored I felt listening to these women," said Krause, who has written about her own experiences with postpartum anxiety.

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

    Peripartum mood disorders go largely undiagnosed. Although 1 in 7 mothers with be affected, only about 15% ever seek treatment.

    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.

    But there is help. It does get better.