Postpartum Depression: Know the Signs
The birth of a child can be a challenging and emotional time.
Because of this, many women may not be aware that they stress that they feel may be brought on by a condition called postpartum depression.
What Is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is very common.
In fact, studies have found that approximately one-in-every-seven women gets postpartum depression.
This condition typically presents as a form of depression that can develop anytime over the first year of your child’s life.
However, it is most common in the first three weeks post-childbirth.
What Are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of postpartum depression can present differently in every woman.
However, common symptoms include:
- Feelings of sadness, despair or loss of hope
- The feeling that you are not able to care for your child
- The feeling that you are not able to do basic chores
- Excessive crying (sometimes without reason)
- Loss of interest in sex, food, or in the activities you once enjoyed
- Excessive sleeping
- Difficulty focusing
- Confusion and memory issues
Why Do Some Women Get Postpartum Depression?
There are many causes of postpartum depression.
Hormone level changes throughout the pregnancy process are a big factor that can trigger depression.
Additionally, women who have a history of depression or who have had a stressful pregnancy are at high risk for postpartum depression.
In rare cases, some women develop mental illness with their postpartum depression.
Symptoms generally arrive within the first two weeks following childbirth and can include insomnia, hallucinations, confusion, or lack of appetite.
Additionally, some women may begin to have obsessive or paranoid thoughts which may develop into thoughts of harming themselves or their child.
If you believe you or someone you love is experiencing postpartum psychosis call a doctor immediately.
Where to Find Help
A doctor is the only person who can treat and diagnose postpartum depression.
If you or someone you love is experiencing any symptoms of postpartum depression, call Dr. S. Nicky Singh today at (703)359-4842.