14 Sep 2020
5 Facts about postpartum depression
- Moms who suffer from postpartum depression are manifested with the following signs:
- Frequent crying for no reason.
- Deep feeling of sadness.
- Feeling of anger or guilt.
- Loss of appetite.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Insomnia, sleeping disorders and nightmares.
- Clinical manifestations of postpartum depression may start to appear immediately after delivery or later within the first year of baby's life.
- Predisposing factors which increase the incidence of postpartum depression include the following:
- Personal history of depression, postpartum depression or premenstrual syndrome.
- Lack of emotional support from the family.
- Unplanned pregnancy.
- Young moms who have just given birth to their first kid.
- Management of postpartum consists of the following measures:
- Family support.
- Behavioral psychotherapy.
- Antidepressants (should be used under specialized medical supervision as it may interfere with breastfeeding).
- Ignoring postpartum depression may lead to severe psychological problem called "postpartum psychosis", which is manifested with hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.