No doubt, your little one's birth is a joyous occasion where every family member is ecstatic. Holding your little one almost feels like a dream come true. So, why do some new moms feel bouts of depression? Before you go on a guilt trip, understand that it is common. The baby blues you experience include mood swings, anxiety, difficulty in sleeping, and crying spells that can last for a couple of weeks, and things start to get better after that. However, when the condition continues and starts getting more severe, it is probably postpartum depression.
And, before you jump into conclusions and beat yourself up thinking you are a bad mother or think it is a character flaw, let's stop you right there. It is merely an illness, a complication that some new moms suffer from after their child's birth. All you need is prompt treatment, and you will start feeling like your old self again.
What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?
Baby blues is something a new mom experiences for a couple of weeks, and the symptoms include;
However, postpartum depression is more severe, and the symptoms include;
When should you see a doctor?
Just like we give utmost importance to physical health, mental health is an area that you mustn't neglect too. The more care you invest, the happier your life can turn out. And unlike yesteryears, the stigma attached to mental health is slowly fading, and you have access to excellent therapists around you. So, even after a couple of weeks, you see the symptoms continuing or if it is getting worse, don't delay, visit a doctor, and no matter what you are going through, talk to your loved ones. Don't neglect it for fear of judgment. Please do it for the betterment of your family.
Dr Priya R Nair
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