I finally told everyone what has been going on.
I wanted to put this out there, for anyone who feels like they need to keep this secret, for anyone who feels alone, or just simply afraid.
Yesterday, I made an announcement to my friends and family that I have PPD. I'm tired of these feelings taking over me, so yesterday I fought back. I knew the one thing PPD had over me was making me hide from the ones I love for fear that they would notice I wasn't myself.
This is what I said:
"For my benifit, I've decided to inform everyone about what has been going on. I don't want to be ashamed anymore about something that I have no control over, and I'm only isolating myself and making matters worse by keeping it secret. I was diagnosed today with post partum depression. I'm now on the road to recovery. If I seem like I'm not my usual self, please be patient with me and try your best to be understanding of the situation. If you have something negative to say to me about what I am going through, please save your breath and educate yourself on the facts and studies instead. Thank you everyone for your prayers, and I ask that you keep praying for me, my husband, and my children."
Everyone's positive feedback has been overwhelming. I learned that I had a few friends that had been through the same thing, but battled it alone because they were too afraid to speak up.
For all the ladies who are hiding, I hope this can be some help to you. I figured we're in this together, and we can help each other out of this sickness.