After a baby's birth, you experience a bunch of different emotions. From passion, excitement and pleasure to anxiety and fear. But you might experience something you did not expect at all. Depression!
Most mothers experience mood changes after childbirth, including mood fluctuations, cry attacks, sadness, anxiety, and sleep problems.
Postpartum mood changes usually begin two to three days after childbirth, continuing until two weeks later, usually not symptoms of severe illness and need not be treated. But depression in some mothers is more severe and prolonged and is known as postpartum depression.
In this type of depression you may feel a sense of frustration and lack of interest in the baby. You may have thoughts about hurting yourself or your child, very rarely happens when the condition gets worse, and the mothers just have the illusions of hurting themselves and their children or even doing it. This category is urgently needed and will be treated at the hospital.
Postpartum depression is not a personality defect or weakness. It can begin during the first year of delivery, and its causative agent is unknown. Postpartum hormonal and physical changes and stress associated with the maintenance of a baby may play a role. If you feel depressed, tell your doctor and health care provider. Antidepressants and counseling sessions can help you get better.
Symptoms of postpartum depression
These symptoms are varied and can be mild to severe.
Depressive mood or mood changes
Cry too much
The problem of establishing contact with the child
Leaving family and friends
Loss of appetite or overeating
Inability to sleep or sleep too much
Feeling tired or exaggerated
Feeling unconscious and unpleasant for the activities you enjoy doing
Severe irritability and anger
Fear not being a good mother
Feelings of forgiveness, shame, sin and torment of conscience and inefficiency
Decreased ability to think or concentrate
Sadness and silence
Severe anxiety and panic attack
Thinking of hurting yourself and the baby
Frequent thoughts on death and suicide
In the absence of treatment, this type of depression may last for months and even longer.
Fathers also experience postpartum depression!
Fathers can also experience the problems of depressed mothers. Grief, guilty feelings, strangulation and shattering, changes in sleep pattern and nutrition. Fathers of the younger age, those with a history of depression, have a difficult relationship, are struggling with financial problems, are more likely to be depressed. If fathers feel anxious and depressed, they should use specialized care and be treated.
When do I go to a doctor?
If you feel depressed after your baby is born, do not be ashamed of confessing it and referring to the specialist. If you see any of the following, see your doctor immediately:
If depression is not gone after two weeks
Depression is getting worse
You can not keep your baby
Depression has made it difficult for you to perform daily tasks
Think about hurting yourself and your child
If you constantly think about suicide in your mind
Ask for mental health care professionals
Be in the ring of intimate friends and those you like.
Stay in touch with any clerical leader (mullah, priest, etc.) from any affair.
Identify the risk factors
You have a history of depression during pregnancy or at other times
You have bipolar disorder
In the past, you experienced postpartum depression
During the past year you've experienced stressful events such as severe pregnancy, illness, or job loss.
Your baby has a health problem or other special needs
You have twin, triplets or multiplexes
Lactation is difficult for you
Having trouble communicating with your spouse or other important people
You have a weak support system (family, friends, etc.)
Have financial problems
Your pregnancy has been unplanned and unplanned
The consequences and consequences of postpartum depression
Untreated postpartum depression can last for months and even more, it can turn into a chronic depression disorder. Even in the case of treatment, postpartum depression provides the basis for other types of depression in the future.
Depression can lead to stress for close relatives of a newborn baby. When the baby's mother is depressed, the risk of having a father increases. Today, whether fathers or their husbands are depressed, they are at risk of developing depression!
For the children
The children of mothers who have untreated depression are more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems, such as sleep and nutritional problems, excessive crying, and delay in the development of speech power.
Helping to prevent postpartum depression
If you have a history of depression, especially postpartum depression, tell your doctor if you plan for pregnancy, or have a pregnancy, or as soon as you notice your pregnancy.
During pregnancy, your doctor can monitor your symptoms directly and accurately. He may ask you to fill out a questionnaire for depression screening during pregnancy and after childbirth. Sometimes mild depression is controlled by supportive groups, counseling and other treatment options. In other cases, it may be necessary to prescribe antidepressants even during pregnancy.
After your baby's birth, your doctor may want to make a preliminary test