Mums and Dads

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.

I am terribly depressed after childbirth

by The Anti Depression Team on

We’ve all heard of postnatal depression. However, we must not readily assume that just because a woman is feeling different and goes through changes means that she is depressed.

A mild form of mood alteration, which is faced by 2 out of 3 women, is known as postpartum blues. Though the cause of it is not known, it is usually thought to be associated with hormonal changes, a rush of sudden responsibility or both. This starts between one to five days after delivery and lasts for a few weeks. This also does not require treatment, and is definitely not as severe as being depressed.

Women may feel severely depressed after the loss of their child, either through voluntary or spontaneous abortion. This form of depression, known as postpartum depression may also be developed as a result of an intensification of postpartum blues. Similar to postpartum blues, the causes of postpartum depression is not exactly known but the feeling of being depressed may arise from sudden hormonal changes or even a sense of loneliness and isolation.

Postpartum Depression is not just a women’s thing now!

Do not mistake postpartum depression as something that only women have to undergo. Fathers, too, are prone to feeling depressed after the birth of their new offspring. Fathers may not undergo the hormonal changes that are experienced by mothers but they do have to undergo certain lifestyle changes that are sudden and often very drastic. […]

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