Recognize Postpartum Depression Symptoms

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The first days, weeks and months after the birth of your child is supposed to be a happy and pleasant experience, right?

You are supposed to love your child unconditionally and find motherhood to be a satisfying and rewarding experience.

If you are a new mom and instead of having these feelings of love and happiness for your baby, you are feeling the “baby blues,” you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anywhere between 10 to 15 percent of women experience depression following birth of a child.

It is important to recognize the symptoms of postpartum depression so that proper treatment can be obtained, and you can begin to enjoy your new child.

Definition of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression, or postnatal depression, can occur as early as only hours or days following childbirth and can last for a year or more. More than just the “baby blues,” postpartum depression occurs when these so-called “baby blues” do not go away after the first month of having a baby.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

Like other forms of depression, the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression may vary from woman to woman. Common signs include:

  • • Afraid of being alone with the new baby
  • • Inability to care for oneself and/or care for the new baby
  • • Irritability, agitation and anxiety
  • • Energy loss
  • • Guilty feelings
  • • Lack of interest in the new baby and in everyday activities
  • • Sleep issues
  • • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • • Withdrawn or worthlessness feelings

Source: National Institute of Mental Health

 
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