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Is Postpartum Depression Real? What these women are experiencing and feeling is real. It is a real disease and like any other medical disease, there are treatments that help. The clincher of this disease, unlike other diseases, is that one of the symptoms of depression and anxiety is guilt. Not just guilt a person feels when they make a mistake, but guilt that feels unquenched by simple reassurances. So, when a woman’s feelings are dismissed by others, they are even more unlikely to have the energy to seek help or believe what they are experiencing is real.
What is Postpartum Depression? Nearly 1 out of every 7 new moms experience some form of postpartum depression or perinatal mood disorder (PMD). PMD encompasses mood disorders from pregnancy until two years after a baby is born.
Baby Blues or Something More The term “baby blues” is often used to refer to the mild mood swings that occur after the birth of a child. Nearly 80% of women express experiencing baby blues. Having the baby blues is NOT a disorder. It is completely normal. Perinatal mood disorders are common (15-20% of women)…but NOT normal.
Symptoms and Signs of Postpartum Depression The highest time of risk for new mothers is six months after delivery. Symptoms include excessive worry, sadness, guilt, hopelessness, sleep problems, fatigue, loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities, change in appetite, irritability, and difficulty making decisions.
What Happens When There is No Joy PMD is the most common complication of childbirth. If it goes untreated, there can be serious complications for moms, babies, and families. Consequences include disruption in mother-baby bonding, interruption in the infant’s development, family and relationship conflicts.
Postpartum Depression: Not Just a Woman's Illness Postpartum Depression doesn’t just affect women. Men can get PPD, too. In fact, recent studies have show that 10% of new dads get postpartum depression, too.
Postpartum Depression: What About the Kids? Research has shown that left untreated, PMD can have serious ramifications for the children. Problems in babies and children include behavioral issues, problems with emotional and social development, cognitive delays, and a greater risk for lifelong struggles with depression.