WHAT IS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION?
Postpartum Depression is a mood disorder which affects women after childbirth. Mothers who have postpartum depression are often exhausted, extremely sad and experience anxiety. This makes it hard to care for themselves and others.
The first thing I would like anyone who is dealing with postpartum depression to know is that...IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! Often you may feel ridden with guilt and feel as though you are a bad mother but understand that this didn’t happen because something you did or didn’t do. Postpartum depression stems from physical and emotional factors. After childbirth the level of hormones in a woman’s body drops significantly which can cause mood swings.
SYMPTOMS OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION :
Feelings of hopelessness and sadness , being overwhelmed, exhausted, moody, irritable
Losing interest in things that you normal enjoy
Isolating yourself from your loved ones
Over or under eating
Doubting your ability to care for your newborn
Feeling as though you can’t form an attachment with your child or having a hard time doing so
Crying over things that you typically wouldn’t cry over and an increase of crying on a daily basis
*** Having thoughts of harming yourself or the baby —- IF THIS IS YOU PLEASE STOP AND CALL 911 OR YOUR TOWNS EMERGENCY HOTLINE ***
BABY BLUES VS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION :
Baby blues symptoms are similar to Postpartum Depression. Baby Blues however typically go away with one or two weeks. It is the feeling of worry, fatigue and unhappiness. About 80 percent of woman experience this. Postpartum however is more servers and typically start a week to a months after childbirth. Only a clinician would be able to help you determine which is which. It is important to always be open and honest with your care providers so that they could treat you accordingly.
There are a few factors that put some woman at greater risk for experiencing Postpartum depression than others. For instance if you have a previous history of depression or a substance abuse problems you may experience Postpartum Depression. If while pregnant or right after you experience a life changing event such as a death in the family/friends , job loss , caring for an ill person or an unhealthy relationship the risk may be greater for you. Lack of support may also increase the chances a woman has of experiencing Postpartum Depression.
The way in which Postpartum can be treated is with Counseling. The counselor would likely use CBT which is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or IPT which is Interpersonal Therapy.
Antidepressant may also be prescribed but a doctor/clinician will sit and discuss the risk or side effects this may have.
If you’re in need of more information I will be happy to help to provide some more resources please feel free to reach out to me or click this link below to the National Institution of Mental Health Website.
Remember if your are in need of immediate assistant please contact 911!
Disclaimer : I will NOT be diagnosing via this site. This information is only to be used for educational purposes as I feel it is important for us to understand the diseases and disorders that plague our communities.