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Surviving Postpartum Depression

Photo taken by Thirdeyemom, who experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. It was a terrifying, isolating experience for her, which included terrible insomnia and hallucinations. Thankfully with the help of doctors and family, one week after her son’s first birthday she was able to board a plane to South Africa, resuming her love of travel. Through traveling, writing, and photography she began to see the beauty of the world again.

About this photo: “I spotted these elephants on a safari in South Africa back in 2005. It was my first trip away from my son and a major achievement for me. After suffering severe postpartum depression after his birth one year earlier, I never thought I’d be on a safari in Africa. It was a dream of mine that I always held close. Seeing this mother elephant protecting her baby made me smile and think of my son and I. How far I’d come in a year!”

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6 comments on “Surviving Postpartum Depression

  1. jmgoyder
    September 29, 2012

    Wonderful photos and message.

  2. scrapydo
    September 30, 2012

    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing

  3. LightHouseBlues
    September 30, 2012

    Wonderful! I’m so glad you made it, for both you and your son! Congrats!

    • thirdeyemom
      September 30, 2012

      Thanks you! This was almost eight years ago now so I’m in a much better place now!

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