What is PostPartum depression?

What is PostPartum Depression?

Many women following childbirth experience an unexplainable sense of sadness, anxiety and mood swings. For new mothers, this condition is quite normal and is often known as the "baby blues" or postpartum depression. Typically these feelings and symptoms go away within two weeks.
If you are a new mother and feel content one minute, but then sad the next, or if you have a hard time concentrating, or have a hard time falling asleep even when your baby is asleep, you may be experiencing postpartum depression.
 

What are the Symptoms of PostPartum Depression?

   The symptoms of postpartum depression include:

Mood swings
Feeling sad or depressed
Anxiety
Feeling hopeless and guilty
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Trouble falling or staying asleep
Loss of appetite
Crying frequently
Showing little to no interest in your baby
No motivation to be active  
       

  What can cause postpartum depression?

  While the exact cause is not well known, the hormone levels that change during pregnancy are thought to impact postpartum depression. These hormones can produce chemical changes in the brain, which are thought to play a role in depression following giving birth. Postpartum depression is also more likely to occur if you have had postpartum depression following previous births, have a stressful relationship or marriage, had a premature birth, or if you have premenstrual syndrome.

 

   Treatment for Postpartum depression

  Unfortunately, any mother can experience depression following birth, no matter her natural disposition. However the good news is that it is treatable and often temporary! Postpartum depression can be treated through counseling and antidepressants, and often goes away on its own after a few weeks. While going through postpartum depression can be difficult, treatment can be achievable. If you or a loved one may be experiencing postpartum depression, especially if the symptoms are not subsiding after a few weeks,  we encourage you to reach out to your OB/GYN, healthcare provider, or a mental health professional so that you can receive appropriate help.


Sources:


https://familydoctor.org/condition/postpartum-depression/

https://medlineplus.gov/postpartumdepression.html
 
What are the Symptoms of PostPartum Depression?
 
The symptoms of postpartum depression include:
 
Mood swings
Feeling sad or depressed
Anxiety
Feeling hopeless and guilty
Unexplained weight gain or loss
Trouble falling or staying asleep
Loss of appetite
Crying frequently
Showing little to no interest in your baby
No motivation to be active  
       
 What can cause postpartum depression?
 
 While the exact cause is not well known, the hormone levels that change during pregnancy are thought to impact postpartum depression. These hormones can produce chemical changes in the brain, which are thought to play a role in depression following giving birth. Postpartum depression is also more likely to occur if you have had postpartum depression following previous births, have a stressful relationship or marriage, had a premature birth, or if you have premenstrual syndrome.
 
Treatment for Postpartum depression
 
Unfortunately, any mother can experience depression following birth, no matter her natural disposition. However the good news is that it is treatable and often temporary! Postpartum depression can be treated through counseling and antidepressants, and often goes away on its own after a few weeks. While going through postpartum depression can be difficult, treatment can be achievable. If you or a loved one may be experiencing postpartum depression, especially if the symptoms are not subsiding after a few weeks,  we encourage you to reach out to your OB/GYN, healthcare provider, or a mental health professional so that you can receive appropriate help. 
 
                                                                          Sources

https://familydoctor.org/condition/postpartum-depression/

 

 

 

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