CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Not long after giving birth to her daughter in 2008, Holly Fisher remembers the day she says something just did not feel right.
"It was hard to put my finger on it," Fisher said."I felt very depressed and not connected to the baby and because of that I felt guilty."
It was not until 9 months later that Fisher sought help and was diagnosed with postpartum depression, which is defined as emotional and physical reactions occurring anytime during the first year after giving birth.
Symptoms of PPD can include feelings of sadness, depression and hopelessness.
"Outside I would say this is great and on the inside I was like this is not what I signed up for," Fisher said.
As the president of the support group, Postpartum Support Charleston, Fisher is trying to help other women and their families identify these feelings and get the help they need.
Fisher says 20 percent of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth. Often times, women feel ashamed for feeling negative during a time of great joy says Fisher.
"There is no need for them to go being depressed and sad and alone," Fisher said."There is plenty of resources available to get them back to where they can enjoy their baby."
For more information about the support group you can log onto www.ppdsupport.org