Managing Postpartum Depression

Posted 03-21-2014 at 09:00 AM by 2+2macht4

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The latest statistics from the CDC suggest that nearly 20% of mothers experience varying degrees of postpartum depression. It is far more prevalent then previously thought. If you are struggling with depression after giving birth you are not alone.

Baby Blues vs Postpartum Depression

Many new moms experience a flush of extreme emotion after giving birth, both good and bad. Our worlds are turned upside down and a new little being is depending on us day and night. It’s a big change even the second or third time around. Now combine that with some crazy hormones and, yeah, we are in for a world of trouble. Those first few weeks are rough for most parents. However, when the depression lasts beyond the first few weeks of transitioning into life with a baby, it’s time to consider postpartum depression.

What Exactly is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression also known in short as PPD is a form of clinical depression that closely coincides with your life as a mom. Like many mental illnesses PPD itself is a broad spectrum disorder and can be found in various forms or in conjuction with other mental illnesses such as anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Symptoms of PPD include but are not limited to:

  • Feeling low or down or a sense of hoplessness
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Inability to focus on or complete tasks or feeling easily overwhelmed
  • Feeling distant or unable to connect with your new baby
  • Fears of harming or something bad happening to your baby
  • Judging yourself harshly- I am not a good mom mentality
  • In some cases suicidal ideation

I think I have PPD, what do I do?

First things first, you need to accept that there is a problem and that it is okay. You need not feel shame.

Make taking care of yourself a priority. Eat a balanced diet, shower, sleep. Do so even if it means asking for extra help to get it done, you are just as much a priority as your new baby.

Surround yourself with a support network. This can be freinds, family, even resources online.  Finding someone who has been in your shoes and understands your feelings makes the world of difference.

Seek help, from a medical professional. Treatment options exist, you need not suffer. If you ever expierence suicidal thoughts seek help immediatly even if that means calling a suicide prevention hotline or 911.

Have you experienced PPD? What advice woud you offer a new mother who is struggling?

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2 Responses to “Managing Postpartum Depression”

  1. pookypoo87 on March 22nd, 2014 4:10 am

    Placenta pills!

  2. Mommy201 on March 22nd, 2014 11:09 am

    I was treated for PPD last August, a week after my second daughter was born. Right before she was born my husband told me he no longer loved me and no longer wanted to be married. This coupled with a new baby and the crazy hormones sent me into PPD. I had asuch a fear that I might hurt myself or my children that I called my OB who suggested I call the local hospital that is able to treat mental disorders. They admitted me for 6 days. My new daughter was only 10 days old. After my time there I did an outpatient program for two weeks where I would spend 6 hours a day (M-F) with other people dealing with mental illnesses. After that I joined a local PPD group at the hospital I gave birth at and now no longer go there as I feel I’m doing 100% better. My advice to moms who have these thoughts or feelings is that it is nothing to be ashamed of. Please get help, and don’t be afraid. It takes a much stronger person to admit they need help then one who tries to suppress it. Also ask for help and don’t feel guilty taking time to yourself. You need it. You are a mom but you are also a person, a woman who had her own needs and wants. Seek out a local PPD group. It’s so helpful to know you are not the only one. If any of you mommas going thru PPD want to talk privately I’m more than willing to lend an open ear!!

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