Jul 4, 2014

Article about postpartum depression

Postpartum depression affects 10 – 15% of mothers and is therefore not uncommon and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, the postpartum blues affects up to 80% of new mothers. The postpartum or baby blues are very normal and usually involve a feeling of irritability and disinterested. However, when this lasts for more than a few days to a week, it’s important to raise the issue with your doctor as it may be postpartum depression or postpartum major depression. This is when the normal baby blues develop into something more serious. You may become anxious, have trouble sleeping or – in extreme cases – be suffering from suicidal thoughts, in which case, you must seek help immediately.
Postpartum depression is thought to be caused by the changes in hormones and chemicals within the brain brought on my pregnancy and birth of your baby. However, this is one of many theories. Statistically, you’re more likely to suffer from postpartum depression if you’ve suffered from depression in the past, for example, during your pregnancy, or if depression runs in your family. Fortunately, it’s easily treatable with a combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy.

If you’re displaying the signs of postpartum depression, this article has more on the symptoms and possible treatments, as well as possible explanations for your condition.