Postpartum depression involves behavioral, emotional, and emotional changes happening in some individuals after they give birth. The DSM-5 shows that Postpartum Depression is a kind of depression that initiates in the first four weeks postpartum. The diagnosis of the condition is based on the severity and the length of the time between the baby’s birth and the onset of the symptoms.
The Signs and Symptoms of Postpartum depression
Some of the symptoms related to postpartum depression include the following:
- Severe mood swings or depressed mood
- Excessive crying
- Difficulty in having a bond with your newborn
- Isolation from friends and family
- Loss of appetite or emotional eating
- Sleeping too much or insomnia
- Loss of energy resulting in fatigue
- Reduced interest or no pleasure in doing activities once enjoyed
- Intense anger and irritability
- Fear of not becoming an ideal parent
- Hopelessness and dismay
- Reduced ability for thinking clearly, concentrating, or making tough decisions
The Causes of Postpartum depression
Postpartum depression is mostly based on psychological reasons, such as financial burden with the birth of a baby or a decrease in overall stamina. Some other causes related to postpartum depression include the following:
Hormones – A dynamic drop in the progesterone and estrogen after giving birth plays a role in depression. Other hormones secreted through your thyroid gland might also drop dynamically, making you feel lethargic, sluggish, depressed, and tired.
Lack of sleep – When you are overwhelmed or are having difficulty in sleeping, you might find it troubling to handle even minor issues.
Anxiety – you might experience anxiety relating to your ability to take care of the baby.
Self-image – You might struggle with your identity as a mother, or you find yourself less attractive. All of these issues play a contributing factor in getting you postpartum depression
The Treatment Options for Postpartum depression
Some of the treatment options include taking antidepressant or anti-anxiety drugs, psychotherapy, and joining emotional support groups, taking educational classes, and journal writing. For cases that are severe, Brexanolone, a type of IV medication, might be prescribed.
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