Depression after childbirth is a common problem. About 10-15% of the women experience postpartum depression (PPD) after childbirth. The severity of PPD can vary in severity from mild baby blues (a period of mood disturbance) to postnatal depression (PND) to the most severe form which is the postnatal psychosis. Read to know the signs and symptoms of various types of postnatal depression.
Signs and symptoms of the baby blues the mildest form of postnatal depression usually last for only a few days or weeks and may include:
Postpartum depression may initially seem like baby blues — but the signs and symptoms become intense and last longer. The symptoms can interfere with the mother’s ability to take care of the baby and do other daily activities. If the postpartum depression is not treated it may last foreven years. The symptoms of PND are very much like 'ordinary' depression. Signs and symptoms of postpartum depression may include:
This is the most severe and rare form of depression that may occur after childbirth.It usually starts in the first two weeks after delivery and the signs and symptoms more severe and worrisome. Some of the signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis are;
Many women tend to ignore symptoms of depression and may be reluctant or embarrassed to admit it. But remember that if it is not treated appropriately the symptoms can last for months to may even years and it can damage your relationship with your spouse and negatively affect your child. So consult your doctor if the signs and symptoms of depression:
Early and appropriate treatment for postpartum depression can control and cure your symptoms. If you have symptoms suggestive of postpartum psychosis, consult your doctor immediately.
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