Based on your reactions and comments each time we post a story about postpartum depression (PPD), we know it's a topic you not only care and want to know more about, but it is a topic that we never should stop discussing. PPD is a serious mental health condition that requires medical attention. But moms who suffer from PPD are afraid to speak up because of the stigma attached. We can only change mindsets if we talk about it in the open and support efforts like this documentary on PPD. We only hope it gets shown here.
When the Bough Breaks: A Documentary About Postpartum Depression follows a mom, Lindsay Gerszt, who suffered from PPD for six years. Lindsay had struggled with depression before she became pregnant, so her chances of having PPD was high, statistically speaking. She started getting anxiety attacks the minute she found out she was pregnant. And even with the help of a psychiatrist, doula, and support of her family, Lindsay still developed PPD after a traumatic birth experience in 2003.
Three years later, Lindsay was approached by Jamielyn Lippman and Tanya Newbould (the two plus Lindsay are named producers of the documentary), and she agreed to let the cameras document her treatment until 2009. The documentary followed her as she took her medication and vitamin supplement and went through cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and even eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a relatively new treatment for people suffering from trauma.
Linsday's story, together with other real accounts of families whose lives were affected by PPD -- including singer Carnie Wilson, actress Tanya Newbold, celebrity chef Aarti Sequeira, and TV reality star Peggy Tanous -- get raw and real, breaking the silence and shattering the stigma of PPD. Their testimonies prove that there's still a long way to making mental health a priority for pregnant women and new moms. Watch the trailer:
Lindsay, Jamielyn, and Tanya have made it their life's mission to raise awareness for PPD and help families deal. Since the film’s debut, Lindsay has received a lot of messages from women who were inspired to share their struggle with PPD or get the help they need. Even partners and spouses of women who dealt with PPD stressed that the film helped them better understand what goes on in the mind of a woman who suffers from PPD.
When the Bough Breaks: A Documentary About Postpartum Depression is narrated and executive produced by Brooke Shields, who had opened up about her PPD before. It was released in the U.S. last March 14 and premiered on Netflix last May 6. Sadly, though, it’s not (yet) available on Netflix Philippines. The only way to watch the documentary is on iTunes.
Let's all make a suggestion to Netflix Philippines by filling up this form. And while you're at it, add it to your wishlist on Google Play so the documentary would be available to more moms.