Katy DiVinchetso, 27, from Cleveland, gave birth to her second child three months ago.
“When I flipped through the Facebook feed, I saw all these moms, who supposedly had everything beautiful. Although I was the same - only some cute fotochki was posted and hid my reality. I felt terrible. ”
In reality, Katy was diagnosed with postpartum depression.
“It feels like you're breathing in water, drowning, trying to be normal. I took my daughter to kindergarten, went shopping, but most of the time I didn’t want to get out of bed and did everything just because I had to. ”
Depression Katie was accompanied by symptoms of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which were in her teens, and therefore aggravated in the postpartum period.
When her son was 2 months old, Kathy was constantly worried that he might get hurt.
“It is easy to tell yourself:“ You are a young mother, of course, you will be worried, ”and dismiss it. But these worries consumed me. ”
Katie could not cook until her husband took the child to another room so that God forbid the knife fell on him. She could not eat any hot sauce next to him, fearing that he would drop on the baby and burn it.
"Most of the time I suffered from obsessive thoughts and could not do anything, I was just afraid."
Now Katie visits a psychotherapist and takes medicine. So she is much better, considering that after the birth of her first child she experienced the same thing, but she could not get any treatment.
And her friend, photographer Daniel Fantis convinced her to show the reality of her condition in the photo.
"Many women can say:" I also have a mess in the nursery. But the thing is different, what is not visible on most photos is mental, physical and emotional chaos that postpartum depression brings. ”
“But most people are comfortable with only showing this“ reality. ”
Many people are still convinced that postpartum depression is only an invention and a pretense of careless mothers. But Katie's post in less than 2 weeks gathered more than 70 thousand reposts and more than 13 thousand comments, among which were similar stories from other moms.