Postpartum Depression – Seeking Help

Nov 22, 2023 | Life Issues, Pregnancy

Pregnant women go through an emotional rollercoaster before and after delivery. Even before we know we are pregnant our body starts to change. Strong emotions can arise with the birth of a child, ranging from joy and excitement to dread and anxiety. However, it can also lead to depression, which is something you might not anticipate.

You could be ashamed to acknowledge that you’re depressed following the birth of your child, but postpartum depression is neither a weakness or a deficiency in one’s personality. Getting treatment for postpartum depression as soon as possible will help you manage your symptoms and strengthen your relationship with your child. It is important to talk to your doctor.

If any of the following characteristics are present in your depressive symptoms, it’s critical that you see your doctor right away:

  • Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless.
  • Not finding joy to your everyday activities
  • Feeling down most of the day
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired or having little energy
  • Poor appetite, over eating, or considerable weight change
  • Feeling bad about yourself or that you are a failure or have let yourself
  • Difficulty concentrating on things or making decisions
  • Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself in some way

Make an appointment with your obstetrician, gynecologist, or primary care physician if you exhibit any signs of postpartum depression or the “baby blues.” Mayoclinic and Brightside Health offer personalized classes and treatment plans if you are suffering from postpartum depression. These classes can help manage your symptoms. If symptoms are persistent your doctor may be able to prescribe medication. There is always a way out.

Pregnancy, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum, Baby Blues

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