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Postpartum Depression: Defination, Symptoms, Treatment in 2021

The term ‘Postpartum Depression’ refers to a situation where a woman suffers from a serious mental health condition post-delivery.Know more about Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

Dr. Himalayani Sharma Post Partum Psychosis 04 Sep 2017
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
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Giving birth to a child is one of the most precious moments of life but sadly 20% of the women around the world suffer from postpartum depression during the first 6 months of delivery. The term Postpartum Depression refers to a situation where a woman suffers from a serious mental health condition post-delivery. It is different from the situation where new mothers have baby blues. The baby blues include extreme fatigue due to sleep deprivation in the first few weeks where the newly born continues crying spells or keeps the mother super busy in feeding or diaper changing or any other reason.

The baby blues gradually disappear when the mother gets used to the busy routine and the baby adapts itself to the daily routine. The birth of a baby can trigger a number of powerful emotions. It can be sadness, fear, and anxiety. If you feel sadness, worry for many days then it might lead to depression.

A depressed women in bathtab

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a serious situation where symptoms last longer than expected. You develop severe negative feelings about yourself due to instant change in the lifelike cutting off social life initially. Some mothers may even develop thoughts of running from such a situation by hurting their own self or the infant. The condition is rare but one who suffers from postpartum depression starts feeling worthless and even loses interest in the baby.

Some Symptoms Of Baby Blues are

  1. Mood swings
  2. Crying
  3. Sadness
  4. Irritability
  5. Feeling Overwhelmed
  6. Trouble In Sleeping
  7. Appetite Problem
  8. Hopelessness
  9. Restlessness
  10. Feeling Of Guilt
  11. Intense Anger
  12. Anxiety And Panic Attacks
  13. Suicidal thoughts

Postpartum Depression can arise anytime during the first year of delivery. The exact causes are unknown but studies show that hormonal changes plus the physical changes in a woman's body cause her to feel low. She loses her pregnancy glow and the pre-pregnancy body and additionally, she stays so busy taking care of the newborn child that she gets no time to enjoy her social life as she did in the past. All these factors highly contribute to the condition of Postpartum Depression.

How We Treat the Postpartum Depression?

A baby crying in front of her mother

If you feel familiar with the above situation, then, you really need treatment for Postpartum Depression. At My Fit Brain, we have online experts for fighting Postpartum Depression. We understand that women who suffer from mental depression from delivery pose a danger to the life of both the baby and the mother. It is kind of an emotional rollercoaster where you get mood swings but if you feel like crying your heart loud instead of celebrating the arrival of a baby in your family, then, our online consultation therapy for postpartum depression experts are available to give you instant support.

The symptoms of baby blues are similar to Postpartum Depression but the latter needs immediate help. So, call us right now and get an appointment for Online Consultation For Postpartum Depression Therapy if you have any of the following feelings:

  1. Unattractive to your husband.
  2. You feel that you are unable to bond well with the newly born baby.
  3. Feeling guilty for giving birth to a child.
  4. You wish to suicide as you are unable to cope up with the big change in your life after childbirth.
  5. Financially dependent as for the first six months, it appears impossible that you will be able to join your office again.
  6. Your worries increasing day by day
  7. You are unable to sleep even when the baby is sleeping
  8. Losing your appetite whereas everyone around advises you to eat well for a fast recovery from childbirth.
  9. You feel that the recovery and re-start of a normal life are impossible.

When you should go to the doctor?

  1. If you find it difficult to take care of your baby.

  2. If you think of harming yourself or your child.

  3. Your mental health status is getting decreased day by day.

  4.  If you have any of the aforesaid feelings then, you are severely suffering from Postpartum Depression and we highly recommend you call our experts today.

We will help you find out solutions for every single problem in your mind and also ensure that you will get your happy life back after using our online consultation therapy for Postpartum Depression.

If you are suffering from postpartum depression, then don't be embarrassed about going to the counselor. It is treatable but you have to be alert about the symptoms regarding postpartum depression. Go to the counselor and get yourself checked. Sometimes, therapy works but sometimes one needs therapy and medicines.

How can this be diagnosed and treated?

Diagnosis- Only a psychologist can diagnose the situation you're doing through and they'll accordingly start your treatment to make you feel good again. The thing you need to do is to make an appointment with the psychologist and visit them to start your treatment right then. 

Treatment- You can treat postpartum depression by yourself along with medication. These things will help you in postpartum depression: 

  1. Medication- Your doctor might prescribe you some medications that are basically antidepressants. These antidepressants help you balance certain brain chemicals linked to depression. Most are safe to take while you breastfeed and are used to treat postpartum depression. But be sure to tell that you're a nursing mother. 
  2. Counselling- Counselling helps in a magical way in the case of postpartum depression. You need to book an appointment with the counselors if you are experiencing negative thoughts in the mind. They will together try to resolve the stress factors and replace the negative thoughts with the positive ones and start your healing process. 

You can try on these things to help fight postpartum depression: 

  1. A daily exercise routine. 
  2. Make time for some fun. 
  3. Decide and try to achieve your goals. 
  4. Sit back and relax. 
  5. Surround yourself with positive and caring people. 
  6. Try to indulge in your baby's routine and have a deep watch on their growth cycle.
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    Delhi, India

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    Language: English, Hindi

    Expertise: Mood Disorders, Breast Feeding

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