Postpartum Depression Can Be Hard to Identify. Here’s When to Reach Out.
You don’t have to be alone.
Postpartum depression seems to be getting more and more attention these days. People often view motherhood as a beautiful experience. While this is often the case, there are some people who struggle with postpartum depression. Motherhood is a very stressful job, but where is the line between the typical stressors and an overwhelming stress? We are going to take a look at how to determine when it is time to get help if you’re suffering from postpartum depression.
Signs of Postpartum Depression
One important distinction to make is between postpartum depression and “baby blues,” which only lasts up to a week or two. Postpartum depression, on the other hand, is more intense and lasts longer. Postpartum depression can interfere with one’s day-to-day activities and stand in the way of their ability to care for their child. While symptoms often begin during the first few weeks post-birth, they can, at times, develop during pregnancy or even up to a year after giving birth.
Let’s take a look at some of these postpartum depression symptoms:
- Severe mood swings
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Changes in appetite
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Inability to sleep or sleeping too much
- Reduced interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Excessive crying
- Intense irritability
- Feelings of worthlessness, shame, and guilt
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
- Severe anxiety and panic attacks
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Think You Have Postpartum Depression? Here’s What to Do
While some people may feel embarrassed they are feeling depressed after they have given birth, there is nothing to be ashamed about. We want everyone to feel comfortable enough to get the help they need. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or something similar, reach out to your doctor. A mental health professional will be able to best help you manage this.
This is especially important if your symptoms include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby. Reach out to a doctor if any symptoms have lasted for longer than two weeks, are getting worse, and make caring for your baby difficult, among other everyday tasks. If you are having thoughts of suicide or causing harm, please call 911 or reach out to your emergency assistance.
At The Collective, we know how difficult it can be to manage postpartum depression. Luckily, we have a variety of mental health services available to help people who are struggling. Reach out to us if you are having a tough time. We are here for you.