Signs and Symptoms of Post-Partum Depression
22 Aug 2015
Please remember, postpartum depression isn't a flaw or a weakness in a mother. One cannot say that she is not a good mother because she is feeling depressed and not happy at her child’s birth. If you or any mother around you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help one to manage their symptoms — and enjoy that special time with their baby.
Postpartum depression have signs similar to baby blues at first — but they are more intense and last longer. It also affects daily activities.
Postpartum depression can begin any time during the first two months after you give birth.
Clinical Signs& Symptoms
This how a mother who has PPD could be feeling:
§ Depressed mood or severe mood swings
§ Irritability or hypersensitivity
§ Negative feelings such as sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, or guilt
§ Constant worry and anxiety over being a good mother
§ Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
§ Severe anxiety and panic attacks
§ Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
§ Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
This how a mother's behavior could be:
§ Crying all the time or being tearful without apparent reason
§ Difficulty in bonding or connecting with their baby
§ Dislike from meeting or being around family and friends
§ Poor appetite or eating much more than usual
§ Problem with sleep (especially returning to sleep) or she could be sleeping too much
§ Feeling tired, fatigued or loss of energy
§ Reduced interest and pleasure in activities they otherwise enjoyed
§ Headaches, stomach-aches, muscle or backaches
Some women with PPD believe they can't adequately care for their baby or may harm their baby.
It's important to call your doctor as soon as possible if the signs and symptoms of depression have any of these features:
1 Don't fade after two weeks
2 Are getting worse
3 Make it hard for you to care for your baby
4 Make it hard to complete everyday tasks
5 Include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Don’t blame yourself. Do you know why this happens?
There's no single cause of postpartum depression, but physical and emotional issues may play a role.
Physical changes - After childbirth, a dramatic drop in hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in your body may contribute to postpartum depression. Other hormones produced by your thyroid gland also may drop sharply which can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and depressed.
Emotional issues - When you're sleep deprived and overwhelmed, you may have trouble handling even minor problems. You may be anxious about your ability to care for a newborn. You may feel less attractive, struggle with your sense of identity or feel that you've lost control over your life. Any of these issues can contribute to postpartum depression.
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