After I was married and we had our first baby, I began having 4-5 nightmares a week. This was traumatizing to say the least and looking back I would have to say that I was most likely dealing with a form of postpartum depression. I was never diagnosed with such.
My husband was a student at the local University and so I began to see a counselor there. She diagnosed me with low self esteem and had me keep daily logs of how I felt about myself and what activities I was doing. I felt silly doing those logs but gradually the nightmares of sheer terror diminished to 2-3 a week and then nothing at all.
It was amazing! I was amazed and became a big fan of counseling ever since.
I also had a BIG revelation. I was putting the needs of my family before my own. Of course, I needed to feed and bathe and play with my daughter and help my husband. But I needed to carve out time for myself too. I invited other Mom friends over and we chatted about what our experiences were like. I went for long walks.
And I was able to bring light back into my life again.
And it was oh so joyous!
And here I am, 15 years later. I am healthy, I am happy and I am whole. What a blessing!