Friday, 28 June 2013

Postpartum Depression Support in Korea

Updated  5 October 2016

Postpartum depression seems to be a taboo topic here in Korea, I've been asked a number of times to do something to help people and have always felt hypocritical about doing it.

Depression is when it's a sunny day and all you want to do is stay in bed because you have a huge emotional cloud hanging over you. Other people feel like they're underwater and drowning. Or others simply don't care. It's hard enough to get up and brush your teeth let alone care for a little human as well as deal with sleep deprivation, body image issues, not eating well, raging hormones, and getting advice from everyone. We're also living in a foreign country where most of us don't speak the language which further complicates things.

Here are some places in Korea to get help in English
 

Here are some places online to get help
There are people you can talk to online through 7 cups of tea. It's free, anonymous, and confidential to talk to trained volunteer listeners.

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