What Is Postpartum Depression, and How Can It Be Prevented?
PPD results from a complicated mix of behavioral, mental, and physical changes experienced by some new mothers. Postpartum depression is a serious depression that occurs within four weeks of delivery. Postpartum depression is diagnosed based on the severity of the depression and the time between birth and onset. Postpartum depression is related to physical, social, and psychological changes following childbirth. Most new mothers experience emotional and physical changes after childbirth. Counseling and medication are effective in treating PPD.
Chemical changes are caused by rapid drops in hormone levels after delivery. The relationship between these drops and depression remains unclear. It is known, however, that hormones progesterone and oestrogen are tenfold higher during pregnancy. After giving birth, they plummet dramatically. The risk of depression rises not only due to the biological changes but also due to the social and psychological changes brought about by having a child.Approximately one in ten new mothers will experience long-term depression after delivering a baby. About one in 1,000 women suffer from postpartum psychosis, a more dangerous disorder.Even fathers aren’t exempt from this. The first year of a child’s life can be a difficult time for new fathers. More than one out of ten new dads will experience depression.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression after childbirth manifests itself in a variety of ways, ranging from minor to severe.
Symptoms of the ‘babyblues’ include:
- Intense mood swings
- Sleeping problems
- A feeling of anxiety
- Lack of appetite
- Feelings of sadness
- Inability to focus
- Emotional Breakdowns
Symptoms of PPD
The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, however, are more severe and last longer than those of the baby blues, impacting your ability to care for your infant and carry out other daily tasks.
- Mood swings or a depressed mood
- A high level of anger and irritability
- Crying excessively
- Reduced pleasure and interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Having trouble bonding with your child
- Feelings of exhaustion or lack of energy
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Sleeping too much or not getting enough sleep (insomnia)
- Eating more food than usual or losing appetite
Preventing Postnatal Depression
When you learn you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have a history of depression.
- When you’re pregnant. Symptoms can be monitored by your doctor. Support groups, counseling, and other therapies can help to manage mild depressive symptoms. Even while you’re pregnant, your doctor may prescribe drugs.
- Following the birth of your child. An early postpartum check-up to check for depression symptoms may be recommended by your doctor. You can start treatment sooner if you’re diagnosed early.
Assist A Family Member or Friend.
People who are depressed may not be aware of their condition. They may be completely unaware of depression’s indications and symptoms. Whenever you notice that a friend or family member is experiencing postpartum depression or developing postpartum psychosis, seek medical help immediately. Don’t just pray for better things to happen. Contact Mallard Lake Detox Center today to learn more about how you can handle post-partum depression.