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Signs of Postpartum Depression (PPD)
While many people say that the birth of their child is the happiest day of their life, what comes after may not always be so joyous.
For many parents, the time that follows can be filled with sadness and detachment. This could be signs of postpartum depression.
What Is Postpartum Depression (PPD)?Postpartum depression, or PPD, is a type of mood disorder that relates specifically to depression after childbirth. It extends beyond normal feelings of sadness and is associated with more extreme feelings of depression and anxiety. Postpartum depression is believed to occur for many reasons including hormone changes, sleep deprivation, and the major life changes that come with having a newborn child. An estimated 15% of mothers1 are affected and without mood disorder treatment, the symptoms of postpartum depression can get worse and lead to the parent’s inability to care for themselves or their child.
What Are the Signs of Postpartum Depression?Getting the “baby blues” is normal for many new parents and may last for a few days, but the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression are more intense and longer lasting. When these feelings extend beyond the first few days after birth or begin to inhibit your ability to be a good parent, it could be signs of PPD. As a mental health facility in Boca, we want to help you learn to recognize these symptoms and know when to get help.
Some common signs of postpartum depression include:
- Prolonged depression after childbirth
- Crying frequently or for no apparent reason
- Abnormal eating habits
- Sleep problems beyond normal sleep deprivation with a newborn child
- Thoughts about harming yourself or your baby
- Struggling to connect with the child
- Feeling regretful about having a baby
- Physical aches and pains
- Social withdrawal from others
- Overwhelming feelings of anxiety
- Frequent doubts about your ability to parent
Although postpartum depression is typically associated with new mothers, signs of postpartum depression in men are possible. When this occurs, it is typically called paternal postpartum depression. Research suggests that paternal postpartum depression can occur in about 1 in 10 men.2
Although women often seem depressed and sad, the signs of postpartum depression in men may include:
- Substance abuse2
If you or your significant other is showing signs of postpartum depression, it is important to get help sooner rather than later. Especially if substance abuse is present, co-occurring disorder treatment may be necessary to address the addiction as well.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental illness, it is okay to get help. At Banyan Mental Health, we assist patients with a variety of mental health problems. Get back your life by calling 888-280-4763.