Motherhood is difficult but rewarding!
- 8 Months ago
The thought of becoming a parent is exciting, although it can mean adapting to a major life-change. It's common to feel unprepared, overwhelmed, worried and even scared. For some family members, this could mean a journey down the dark road of Postnatal Depression.
.Postnatal depression also known as postpartum depression is usually developed within the first four to six weeks after childbirth. Postnatal depression is not a character weakness, and parents need to be aware that it in no way means that a mother does not love her baby. It is a clinical illness which occurs in about 1 in 10 mothers and the symptoms are usually there on most of the days for most of the time.
Symptoms of postnatal depression
• Low mood, lasting for much longer than baby blues
• Lack of motivation
• Feelings of guilt and rejection
• Feeling irritable quite often
• Poor concentration
• Unable to cope with anything
• May also have thoughts of harming your baby or yourself
• Disturbed sleep, poor appetite, less energy and a reduced sex drive
Although some of these symptoms may be common after childbirth, they do not necessarily mean you are depressed. The exact cause for postnatal depression is not clear. Women are prone to develop it just after childbirth; causes may be due to stressful events after childbirth, worry and responsibility of the new baby.
You may be at a greater risk of developing postnatal depression if:
• You have had depression during pregnancy
• You have martial or relationship problems
• You have financial problems
• You have had previous treatment by a psychiatrist
• You have had mental health problems in the past such as bipolar disorder, previous postnatal depression or schizophrenia
• Your family tends to suffer from postnatal depression
It is very important to seek treatment if you think you (or your partner) have postnatal depression.
• Self-help advice.
• Psychotherapy: Talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
• Medication: Antidepressants.