Childbirth is believed to be a wonderful period for all mothers. We often think that maternal emotions, feelings, and knowledge appear as soon as the baby is delivered. But we should understand that this is not true! Along with the pure bliss of the newborn child, some mothers experience anxiety, sadness, a sense of hopelessness, and helplessness while caring for their children. With all the hormones going haywire, one may experience a series of overwhelming feelings, including sleepless nights, restlessness, anxiety, depression, etc. This particular period or phase is known as postpartum depression. For some, this arises right after giving birth and goes away after a few weeks. However, for other people, it lasts up to several months and years.
CAUSES OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
Postpartum depression varies from person to person and is caused by a variety of factors. Some of them are as follows:
- Hormonal imbalance which is caused by the sudden change in estrogen and progesterone levels.
- Deficiency of thyroid hormone which can lead to feelings of exhaustion and sadness.
- Blood loss and change in blood pressure which can lead to extreme fatigue and irritability.
- Can be hereditary
SYMPTOMS OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
While the symptoms vary from person to person, the following are some of the most common signs that women experience.
- Extreme mood swings
- Weak and hopeless
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Poor concentration
- Loss of appetite
- Low libido
- Lack of self-worth
- Low self-esteem
- Crying for no reason
- Lack of interest
- Not being affectionate to the newborn
- Sleep disturbances
- Insomnia or sleeplessness
- Feeling empty and sad
- Constantly feeling overwhelmed
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- TREATMENT OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
If you are someone who is experiencing any of these above-mentioned symptoms for more than two weeks, you need to seek immediate medical attention as you may be suffering from postpartum depression. If you are someone who had these symptoms once, it is better to get yourself checked again.
Postpartum depression is completely treatable.
Medications along with counseling can be of a huge impact in treating
postpartum depression. Distancing is not at all the solution for postpartum
depression. Along with treatment, you should also be vocal about how you are
feeling to your doctor, friends, and family. Take care of yourself and ask your
family to help and support you! Your postpartum depression needs to be
identified for it to get treated. Be honest, and there is no need to feel
ashamed, guilty, or embarrassed as postpartum depression is something that is
common, natural, and can be reversed. And lastly, if you are dealing with
postpartum depression, know that you are not alone. Help is readily available
all you need to do is to seek it.
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