- Did you suffer from depression after child birth?
- Are you aware of postpartum blues, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis?
- Are postpartum blues and postpartum depression same?
- Is someone in your family about to give birth?
- Do you have a history of mood disorder?
If the answer to these questions is YES, then you need to read further.
Several women have faced depression and even psychosis after childbirth. Unfortunately due to decreased awareness about this condition, it was either ignored or considered as an act of malingering or seeking attention.
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a fairly common condition that can affect women after pregnancy, where she feels sad, depressed and unable to love her own new born child. At this moment the new mother needs all the love and support of the family. She herself is confused about why she is feeling sad when she should be brimming with joy due to her new motherhood status. And of course, sleep deprivation and increased work load during the first few months may further aggravate the condition.
Baby Blues vs Postpartum Depression:
PPD is a depressive mood disorder that typically occurs in new mothers. The symptoms usually occur within 1 month after giving birth, and lasts for more than 2 weeks. Also understand Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression are not the same.
It is always advisable to take a professional opinion if someone after childbirth has signs of depression. Be aware but avoid self diagnosis and self treatment.
Please be sensitive to the moods of a new mother. And take a doctor’s advice if you note depressive symptoms in a new mother.
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Dr. Neha Gupta
(Mental Health Consultant)
MBBS, PGD Clinical Psychiatry