postpartum blues

Mummys stop exaggerating! It’s just a blue!

by The Anti Depression Team on

The line separating postpartum blues and postpartum depression is very fine. So how does one know that they are depressed? The early development of postpartum depression may seem very similar to postpartum blues. This is generally mild and does not require extensive treatment.

Postpartum depression is generally more common with the loss of the child. It may not, however, somewhat surprising that elective abortion does not result in a higher rate of being depressed.

The telltale signs that one is suffering from postpartum depression is when one starts having some changing of habits like feeling overly depressed, lacking energy, being unable to sleep, changes in diet and the loss of sexual drive. Physical signs like hairloss and even psychological issues such as delusions, hallucinations, homicidal and suicidal thoughts, are also huge indicators that they are suffering from postpartum depression.

If the depressed woman is left without treatment, this disorder may worsen and cause psychotic notions such as suicidal thoughts and homicidal thoughts. It is due to this that a depressed woman should seek treatment and be monitored closely.

It should not be taken for granted that a depressed woman is either suffering from postpartum depression or even the much milder postpartum blues. One should look out for the possibility of postpartum mania, which is more severe and potentially more destructive to a person than just being depressed. Often, this postpartum mania results in severe depression and bipolarity later on in life.