There's a fine line between "baby blues" and full blown postpartum depression. Here's a guide of the signs to watch out for, and what you can do about it.
Florence Leung is a 32-year-old mother from Canada and the mother of a 2-month-old baby boy. She was reported as missing in October 2016. On November 17, she was found dead in a body of water close to her home. She was believed to have been suffering from PPD (postpartum depression), which caused her to take her life.
That’s why it’s very important not only for moms, but for everyone, to know that postpartum depression is a serious problem, and that people kill themselves because of it. Here are some signs of postpartum depression and what you can do about it:
1. Anxiety or worry
It’s normal for people to have feelings of anxiety or worry every so often. But if you’re a mother, and you’re noticing that you’re feeling more anxious and much more worried than usual, take a second and think if it might be postpartum depression. Having irrational fears are also a sign of postpartum depression.
2. Being withdrawn from people
After giving birth, do you find yourself being more withdrawn from people, especially your partner? Do you feel that sometimes you need some space away from your newborn child? Chances are, you might be suffering from PPD.
3. Extreme anger, or feelings of rage
Have you ever felt like you have little patience for everything right after giving birth? If you find yourself being nitpicky, and getting mad at your husband, your baby, or anyone else a lot for no reason, then you should think about seeking counseling since you might have PPD.
4. Drastic change in sleeping or eating habits
You should be concerned if you notice that your partner who just gave birth suddenly has a drastic change in sleeping or eating habits. These would include eating way too much, or not eating at all, or if you find that they’re always tired and want to rest.
In some cases, a new mother might feel exhausted, but once given the chance to rest, they’ll find that they can’t fall asleep. This is a clear sign of PPD.
5. Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
This one’s a much clearer sign of PPD. Having constant feelings of guilt or worthlessness or being preoccupied with thoughts of death or sadness is most definitely a sign that you have postpartum depression.
If you feel that you have PPD, don’t fret. There are people out there that are willing to help you out, and there are ways that you can also help yourself.
Go to the next page to learn about what you can do to help.