Postpartum depression is depression that may start during pregnancy or at any time up to a year after the birth of a child.
WHO confirms 15-20% of mothers suffer similar fate. It could be either depression or anxiety and though, it’s not an experience anyone would like to go through but we can all sigh with relief as it is very treatable.
The symptoms include:
Feeling sad, hopeless, empty, or overwhelmed.
Crying more often than usual or for no apparent reason.
Feeling moody, irritable, or restless.
Sleeping excessively or inability to sleep even when the baby is asleep.
Forgetfulness, difficulty in concentrating.
Everything annoys her.
Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable.
Suffering from physical aches and pains, including frequent headaches, stomach problems.
Withdrawing from or avoiding friends and family
That mother-child bond seen portrayed by media and friends is absent in her.
She doesn’t feel safe alone with the baby.
Thinking about harming herself or her baby.
She is confused and often feels something terrible will soon happen.
She may feel she must be doing something like washing the baby’s clothes or cleaning bottles.
Now these are not the only symptoms and they are not common to everyone facing postpartum depression. If you know anyone with this condition, it is expedient that you deal with them in love and have a very large bank of patience, trust me, you will need it.
Don’t indulge in self medication; ensure that such person sees their obstetrician/gynecologist who can refer them to a specialist for counseling and medication. Besides, only a health care provider can diagnose a woman with postpartum depression as the symptoms of the condition are broad and vary from woman to woman.
Do you know any woman going through this disorder? Offer the help that you can.