A Mom's Side-By-Side Photos Reveal The 'Flip Side' Of Postpartum Depression
Even after being presented with loads of clinical and anecdotal evidence, many people have a hard time wrapping their head around the concept of postpartum depression. Mental illnesses, in general, manifest themselves in myriad of ways, and with so much changing in the life of a new mom, it’s hard for even the sufferer herself to recognize what’s going on.
In the spirit of creating awareness in a simple but stark manner, Kathy DiVincenzo wanted to reveal what goes on behind the facade that glowing new mothers are expected to display. The conflicting realities were present in her own life, and she was, fortunately, quick to recognize them. “The only photos I’m posting are of my new baby smiling, and his sister kissing him. All these amazing moments are real, of course,” she said to the Today show. “But there’s that flip side, this other side of reality that I wasn’t comfortable showing.”
To share her story, Kathy teamed up with her friend, photographer Danielle Fantis to visually reveal the duality new moms face, especially those suffering from postpartum mental illness, as she was. Kathy realizes in hindsight that she experienced postpartum anxiety following the birth of her now 3-year-old daughter. It was only when the symptoms came on again following the birth of her 3-month-old son that she recognized the pattern and the affliction.
Realizing that the symptoms can often be overlooked even by the mothers themselves, she posted photos showing the dueling nature of new motherhood.
The photographer, Danielle, posted a message as well as the original post spread and garnered interest:
In explaining the illness, Kathy spoke bluntly about how none of it makes sense on the surface, especially when mothers are hiding their suffering in the face of social pressure to “beam.” She says, “I remember thinking: I have no reason to be sad. I have this good life, this beautiful healthy baby. Everything is great. But that’s the thing with postpartum depression and mental illness. It doesn’t discriminate. No one is safe.”
It may sound like a bleak takeaway, but Kathy’s effort have helped many realize what they are going through or have gone through, giving a voice and an identity to the complex and bizarre feelings. She says, "So many mothers have said, 'Oh, I didn’t know this had a name. This is describing my life.’”
“The main point of all this is to tell people you’re not alone in what you’re experiencing."
How Trumpcare Would Hurt The President’s Working-Class Base More Than Almost Anyone Else In the heart of Trump country, voters supported him by a ratio of 2-1. But for hundreds of thousands, the ACA has been a lifesaver.
A New Organ Has Just Been Discovered Inside The Human Body It had been hiding in plain sight for over 100 years
Mom Has Beautiful Photo Series Taken Of Newborn Twin She Knew Didn't Have Much Time Left “I cried the first time I looked at them. I still cry sometimes”
Teen Raises Money To Install Free Sunscreen Dispensers At Local Pools She was inspired by a school project
New Video Shows How to Find Your Vestigial Organs Your tailbone was once an anchor for … your tail.
Wentworth Miller Uses a Fat-Shaming Meme to Share an Empowering Message About Depression He’s suffered from depression all of his life
Woman’s Shocking Before-and-After Pictures Reveal The Truth About Panic Attacks Appearances aren’t always what they seem
My Hysterectomy Horror Story Is Why It Should Be Called ‘TrumpDoesn’tCare’ My state ‘opted out’ of the only affordable insurance plan (and if the GOP health care bill passes, yours might too). My state ‘opted out’ of the only affordable insurance plan (and if the GOP health care bill passes, yours might too).
‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis May Have Died Of Alcohol Withdrawal It may have been what killed Amy WInehouse, too.