Postpartum depression can be a devastating experience for mothers. The symptoms of postpartum depression are varied, and the causes are not fully understood, but it is necessary that you seek help as soon as possible from a medical professional.
Postpartum depression is no joke. It can happen to anyone, at any time. So what are you supposed to do if it happens to you? To start out with, make sure that you’re taking care of yourself and your baby. If there’s anything going on in the home or outside of the home that might be affecting your mood (a death in the family, house renovations), try to take a break from all responsibilities for a day or two and just focus on relaxing and getting back into good habits like eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep, exercising, spending time with friends/family, etc. You’ll want someone else around who can help as well – so call up a friend or family member who can come over and help while you.
Some of the symptoms include
- Poor appetite or overeating,
- Insomnia or hypersomnia,
- Low energy or persistent fatigue,
- Feelings of guilt and hopelessness,
- Negative thoughts about oneself and one’s baby;
- Irritability with others;
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks due to racing thoughts;
- Suicidal thoughts.