According to reports of Postpartum Progress, one out of 7 young or future mothers suffer from postpartum depression. However, it is not widespread to discuss this problem. In a result, women feel like they need to hide their condition and not to ask for help which they definitely need. In some cases, this may turn to be a fatal mistake with awful aftermaths.
Postpartum depression is not an imagination of women or psychologists. This is a serious condition caused by the hormonal disorder and it needs interfering. Here are the symptoms you need to pay attention to.
1. Uncontrolled anger
Of course, on the last month of pregnancy or during the taking care of a restless baby, it is expected that a woman can be irritated. But if the woman if filled with rage and sometimes she shows outbreaks of temper that were untypical before pregnancy, you should see a specialist. Don’t blame the young mother for uncontrolled aggression, groundless offense and shouting – her body and mind are now controlled by hormones.
2. Increased anxiety
Of course, all parents are worried about their children. But feeling worried is one question, but irrational fear is an absolutely another issue. In some cases, women don’t bathe their children for month being afraid to drown them. In others they don’t let anyone take their children in arms, and forbid this even to relatives. All these fears destroy the woman both morally and physically. Besides, such mother’s state of mind is carried over to child, because he is in a close emotional link with her until 3 years old.
3. Withdrawing from the outer world
For a young mother, it is quite normal at the beginning to spend all her time at home with the child. But loss of interest to the world around her is an alarming symptom. Unwillingness to answer the phone calls, to visit family or to communicate with the partner are the dangerous signs that the woman has the postpartum depression and she needs psychological help.
4. Changing of usual sleeping and/or eating patterns
The appearing of a baby in the family surely makes corrections in habitual lifestyle of parents. But insomnia, refusing from food or, vice versa, overeating may essentially harm the health even in a short period of time. Instead of asking the woman how to help her, simply take the child for a walk or go to buy groceries, prepare the dinner or clean the house. Sometimes, the woman needs to stay alone, to calmly take a bath or to have a nap for a couple of hours.
Due to social networks and photos from the Internet, the majority of women imagine maternity and pregnancy like happy and fabulous time. However, reality differs from this ideal image. Postpartum depression is quite a widespread condition. That’s why women shouldn’t be shy to talk about their worries with relatives and to refer to specialists to receive help. Remember that the majority of your fears and bad feelings don’t have any ground and base, and are created only by hormonal changes in your organism. However, to come round and to recover peace and balance of mind, you may need the help of a doctor or a psychologist.