The state of being given a higher badge for being called a parent may be one of the happiest moments in your life. When the times come to name the newborn in the family. However, this can be accompanied by negative feelings after some weeks from birth.
These feelings might be anxiety, discomfort, sadness, confusion, and fear. In many cases, these feelings always come to pass after some given time.
Unfortunately, not everything goes well to some parents. Some parents develop postpartum depression after some months from childbirth. Feelings such as loneliness, discomfort, and fear will hit the parent causing her or him not to take good care of the newborn. This condition is very serious because it goes up to a couple of months then later may reduce it`s` own.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions about postpartum depression:
- What is postpartum depression?
- What is the main cause of postpartum depression?
- Are there any other mental problems related to postpartum depression?
- Who is prone to having postpartum depression?
- What are some of the dangers of postpartum depression if one fails to seek medical attention?
- Can postpartum depression be treated?
- What are the signs of postpartum depression?
- Why are women vulnerable to postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is a mental disease that affects one’s moods after childbirth. Both fathers and mothers can suffer from postpartum depression.
Research results state that that are multiple causes of postpartum depression such as traumatizing experiences during childhood, change in environment and Lack of sleep.
Many parents after birth will always have their normal schedule disrupted due to the attention of the newborn like during night hours leading to lack of healthy sleep hence triggering postpartum depression.
Mothers are susceptible to developing postpartum depression because, after childbirth, there will be a difference in hormone production as compared to the previous state. This condition may make mothers develop postpartum depression.
Two conditions may arise when one is undergoing postpartum depression. These conditions are postpartum psychosis and postpartum anxiety.
Postpartum psychosis will always strike during the first week of childbirth. Its symptoms include confusion, lack of healthy sleep, disorientation, suicidal thoughts, and paranoia.
The second condition that may arise is postpartum anxiety that will always be noticed within a month after childbirth. Some of the symptoms that may be felt are feeling pessimistic about the future life of the newborn, constant worries and panics.
The main endangered people are new parents but this may also vary depending on the following conditions:
- Age of the new parent. If she is below 20 years then she is likely to undergo postpartum depression.
- If in any case, the new parent is an addict to a given drug.
- If the genetics of the new parent has a mood disorder or if any of the family members of the new parent suffer mood disorder.
- If by any chance the new parent underwent traumatizing experience during pregnancy or delivery of the baby.
- If the new parent receives meager aid from friends or family after childbirth.
- Single-parents are also likely to experience postpartum depression.
- If the parent had no intention of being pregnant.
- If the parent has suffered depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.
Avoiding seeking medical aid regarding postpartum depression may invite several problems to both the child and the parent. Some negative feelings such as fear of the future for the child and even self-destructive thoughts may lead to parents committing suicide and even killing their newborns.
Some parents may opt for alternative ways to suppress postpartum depression by abusing substances such as alcohol or even marijuana. Substance abuse will land the parent to health-related problems to legal problems. Mothers because usually breastfeed their newborns may infect the newborns if they engage in substance abuse that will later cause miseries in the child’s lifetime.
Postpartum depression is a health concern, has treatment methods. Just like bipolar disorder, postpartum depression is also a mood disorder. Whenever treating postpartum depression through medications, doctors will always be very keen on breastfeeding mothers since many things may go wrong.
The most preferred treatment method is therapy. This will include behavioral therapy that will deep into finding answers to why the symptoms occur. This act will enable an individual to try to escape everything that triggers postpartum depression. An individual will also learn on how to manage or control the symptoms whenever they attack to avoid altering their daily duties. Another form of treatment for postpartum depression is through the use of medication. The doctor will prescribe some medications that are usually sedatives and antidepressants to enable an individual to relax.
Some of the well-known medicines include:
Every disorder in the human body will always have signs no matter minor the sign may be. Postpartum depression has several signs. Some of the commonly experienced signs include:
- Constant thoughts of harming oneself and the baby.
- Lack of concentration.
- Change in appetite.
- Lack of healthy sleep due to attention to the child.
- Feeling burdened.
- Constant mood swings.
Having a baby may ignite mixed reactions in a woman’s life. The new social state of being called a mother is one of the achievements in every woman’s life. However, it may not be that easy since most of the woman’s plans will have to be rescheduled to fit with the care the newborn deserves.
A woman is likely to undergo several emotional changes from pregnancy to that of the delivery of the baby. The common name of the feelings is known as baby blues that usually wane after a short time. If these feelings fail to subdue then they result in postpartum depression that requires a swift act of consulting medical experts to solve the problem.