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Mothers must talk about post delivery depression

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I begged, I cried and I prayed! I needed help! I needed someone to stay by me and hold me tight to make me feel valued. All I needed was my husband to tell me, "It's Ok! I am here! I am here to hold you tight and stand by you to support you through this tough journey!"

Instead every time I cried, he would walk over me thinking I am dramatising, thinking I have gone mad. Thinking I needed attention.

Apparently, I was going through postpartum depression.

This is just one story. I hear so many such stories these days when I come across these women from different parts of the country going though massive postpartum depression. Since I started working for GRF (Gracia Raina Foundation), I am out there to hear all about it from the ones who are suffering. Some stories are horrible and some are unexplainable. Since mental illness can't be seen by people like a physical illness, it's often ignored or not understood.

In India alone there are over 10 million cases in a year, most of them probably go unnoticed and are not even spoken about. Postpartum depression is extremely common affecting one in eight women right after childbirth. It is treatable but........

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