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The Power of Forgiveness

posted May 19, 2014, 6:50 PM by AndrewandSarah Witzel   [ updated May 24, 2014, 3:04 PM ]
A perinatal mood disorder can bring a lot of difficult feelings along with it. Resentment, disappointment, and grudges can last a long time, even after you have recovered. Holding onto these feelings is tiring and damaging to your relationships and to yourself. However, forgiving can be challenging!

Who do you have to forgive in your life (in regards to your mood disorder)? A partner who did not support you? Friends or family who said ignorant things or dismissed your symptoms? Perhaps your health care professionals misdiagnosed you or failed to provide adequate follow-up. Do you need to forgive yourself, for either what you have done or feel you have failed to do?

You may feel like forgiving these people is showing weakness, or minimizing the hurt that you experienced or caused. On the contrary, forgiveness shows the maturity and strength to acknowledge this hurt and actively choose to release your negative feelings.

Choosing to forgive can be facilitated by writing letters (whether they are sent or not), conversations, or just through quiet reflection. You may be amazed at how light your heart feels without carrying around these emotional burdens.