Among other things, the stage of childbirth is one of the most challenging phases in the life of every female child. At that phase, all her thoughts, plans and almost all her activities will revolve round 2 major people - herself and the new born baby. One of the ways it can be less stressful demanding for a mother is to have people around her (husband and others) who will lend her their hands of support.
Are you a nursing mother, or do you know any nursing mother who suddenly start having mood swings, feeling weird, hopeless first few weeks after birthing a child? Does those feelings come and go or stay longer up to a month and still counting? Better still, have you had the thought of harming your child, feel uninteresting about your new born baby contrary to the feeling of joy and excitement that should follow the experience of a mother immediately after delivery, or anyone who does? If yes, you or the fellow is likely to be experiencing what is called Postpartum Depression also known as Postnatal Depression.
According to available information on the subject matter of Postpartum Depression (PD), it is likely to be mostly experienced by first time mothers and sometimes women who have had children before. If not treated on time, it is something that can make a mother not to take proper care of herself or her new born baby.
Causes of Postpartum Depression
Although there are other series of causes of PD, some of the likely causes of it can be the following;
1. It causes can be physical. Here, if a mother does not have enough sleep, good diet, abuses drugs or alcohol, and other underlying medical issues which may not have been diagnosed and treated on time, she stand the chance of experiencing Postpartum Depression.
2. It can also be activated by some emotional factors which may include but not limited to financial challenge, isolation from loved ones, lack of support by the husband or anyone who should be available for a nursing mother after delivery, a divorce before or after childbirth and even the loss of a loved one.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression.
The next question one may ask is, how do one know she is undergoing Postpartum Depression?
Among other things, you will experience sadness, crying without reasons you can't explain. More so, you will feel anxious and anger without knowing "why". Forgetfulness, being out of control, desiring to leave the reach of everything and everyone, having the urge to hurt yourself or your new born baby, feeling totally disconnected to your baby contrary to the feeling of joy you were supposed to feel are also part of the symptoms of PD.
Available treatment for Postpartum
Depression can take different forms. It depends on when it was discovered and how long it has lasted before the discovery. It can be treated through therapy or medication. In either way, one is advised to see the doctor to recommend which one is suitable as at the time it was discovered. Although, the 2 methods can also be used at the same time for fast result.
Aside the following, self care like being around people you love, not being too hard on yourself over certain responsibilities you can't meet up with, eating of good balance diet, exercising as often as possible can be helpful in tackling PD.
However, do not expect to start seeing improvement almost immediately after starting any of the available treatments. Give it some time, as it can last up to 6 months or longer before regaining yourself. It depends on the stage it was before it was figured out.
Dangers of Postpartum Depression.
PD can pose serious mental and health danger on the victim if not discovered and treated on time. Some of the dangers include but not limited to;
1. Seeing or hearing things that are not real(hallucination).
2. Acting abnormal by placing too much value on things that are not relevant, and having strange beliefs and theories different from what you used to have when you were free from Postpartum Depression.
3. Behaving violently with so much inexplicable feeling of rage.
4. Having continuous thoughts of harming yourself or your harmless baby.
5. Helplessly having the thoughts of killing yourself can be one of the dangers associated with PD.
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