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The ability to connect with other mothers who are experiencing the same struggles, concerns, and intrusive negative thoughts is invaluable. It is SO important for mothers to understand that they are not alone and that postpartum depression and anxiety is treatable. Without this knowledge, mothers like me will listen to the lying, negative intrusive thoughts and believe that they are unable or unworthy of being a mother. Postpartum Support Virginia's free and peer-based support groups allow mothers to drop in for support when they are able. When mothers can speak with those who have or are struggling, they feel validation that they are not alone and hope that they too can get better. In some of the support groups that I attended, it was so interesting to see how supportive people are of each other yet how hard they are on themselves. It takes some time, but eventually many women begin to extend the same level of empathy and compassion that they give to others, to themselves as well.