Post Partum Depression – Symptoms and Signs

It is reported that as many as 80% of new moms can suffer some form of PPD. Read on for support, stories from real moms and help.

Post-Partum Depression is common feeling for as many as 80% of new mothers in the first few days and weeks after giving birth. Many of these new mothers suffer in silence with the feelings of depression. But there is help and new mothers need to know that they are not alone.

There are 3 main types of Post-Partum Depression. The most common is referred to as Baby Blues. The Baby Blues can affect up to 80% of new mothers. This type of PPD can begin as soon as a few days after birth and can last a few weeks. The Baby Blues generally clears on its own after a few weeks. Some symptoms of the Baby Blues include:
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  • Unexplainable Crying
  • Lack Of Ability To Sleep-Even When Others Are Caring For The Baby
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Change of appetite-under or overindulgance
  • Forgetfullness
  • Lack of interest-in baby,husband, or other previously enjoyed activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness or dispair
  • Oversensitivity-under or over concern for baby
  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Lack of sexual interest

Post-Partum Depression is more serious than Baby Blues and can last much longer. It is reported that about 1 in 10 new mothers will suffer from the more serious PPD. Women who suffer this type of PPD need to see their physician and in some cases will need antidepressant medication. Some symptoms of this more serious PPD include:

 

  1. Severe sleep disturbance
  2. Fear of harming self or baby
  3. Anxiety
  4. Forgetfullness
  5. Desire to leave -feelings of being trapped
  6. Rapid mood swings
  7. Fatigue or exhaustion
  8. Increased alchohol consumption or drug use
  9. Nervousness -shaking or trembling
  10. Compulsive behavior
  11. Loss of hope
  12. Inability to care for baby

The most severe type of PPD is Post-Partum Psychosis. This type affects around 1 in 1000 new mothers. This type of PPD is an emergency situation and will most likely require hospitalization and treatment. Some symptoms of Post-Partum Psychosis include:

 

  1. Hallucinations-auditory or visual command
  2. Intrusive repetitive thoughts of harming or killing baby or self
  3. Severe anxiety
  4. Severe depression
  5. Panic attacks
  6. Severe insomnia
  7. Confusion
  8. Loss of hope
  9. Fantasies of disaster or bizarre fears
  10. Irrational behavior
  11. Rapid mood swings
  12. Compulsive behavior

In recent years more attention has been paid to PPD in part due to famous mothers like Marie Osmond coming out with their personal stories. For years PPD has been kept out of the public eye due partly to a reluctance on the part of mothers who have suffered to come forward out of fear. Mothers have been afraid to talk about what they went through because they feared what people would think if they knew and fear of losing their children. These feelings all lead to mothers who suffer from PPD feeling even more alone and hopeless.

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