Postpartum PTSD remains a little-discussed illness on the perinatal mood and anxiety disorder spectrum. Many women who experience it do so after a traumatic birth.

From the website Heal My PTSD comes the story of a mom who experienced postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder and her description of how she got through it.

"Imagine the terror of it – all of a sudden realizing that you’re a shattered mirror. I couldn’t watch television. Every pregnant woman screaming for an epidural on a sitcom made me want to smash the TV. A commercial for the local hospital’s “birth center” made me want to chew my own limb off to escape. I couldn’t stay in the same room with women who began discussing their births …"

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