In part one you learned the difference between the baby blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis. We also talked about other postpartum mood and anxiety disorders such as OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic disorder, panic disorder and psychosis. Now I am going to share with you how to get help as well how to help yourself or a loved one.
As a parent to a preschooler, one of my pet peeves has been teaching my daughter to say: “Thank you.” I mean no disrespect to “please,” “excuse me,” or “bless you,” all of which I’ve also espoused. But expressing thanks strikes me as the foundation of politeness and a key to strong relationships with others.
A recent study from the University of Carolina at Wilmington affirms the power of gratitude, but has me reconsidering my assumptions about expressing it. Relationship satisfaction and a spouse’s feelings of gratitude are linked. Our spouse’s emotional state of thankfulness impacts us more than their words.