From a recent research, it has been proved that around 3/4th of new moms experiencing postpartum depression after delivery, go undiagnosed. While some are unaware of their mental and physical changes, others hesitate to express their depression. However, it has become highly crucial for those new moms to treat this ailment. And this is the reason; I have come up with some easiest ways to deal with postpartum depression.
What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression, also called postnatal depression, is a kind of medical depression that affects some women after childbirth. Studies report that around 5% to 25% of new moms are affected by postnatal depression and even this condition also affects around 1% to 25.5% of fathers.
Some of the regular symptoms include –
- Low self-esteem
- Crying episodes
- Sleeping and eating disorders
- Inability to be comforted
- Losing interest in sex
- Social withdrawal
- Getting frustrated
- Feeling difficulty in taking care of the baby
This kind of depression varies from one new mom to another. Basically, there are three types of disorders witnessed and these include the following –
1. Postpartum Blues
Also known as baby blues, this kind of postnatal depression affects as many as 80% of the first time mothers. The symptoms show up just after 2 days of birth, when the pregnancy hormones suddenly drop and new moms are engaged with a major responsibility of taking care of the new born with constant demands and attention. In such cases, they will have mixed feelings of both joy and depression. Such overwhelming moments with frequent mood swings can be put under control, when the mom is convinced that it’s nothing but a clinical stage based on hormonal shifts and fatigue. This diagnosis will surely lift up their confidence, giving them mental strength to deal with such situation.
One of the ways to deal with depression is for the mothers suffering from baby blues, to take ample amount of rest. In order to recover both mentally and physically, they should sleep and take rest.
Here are some recommended easiest ways to deal with baby blues of postpartum depression –
- Nutritious meals and snacks
- Help from family and friends w/household chores
- New mother support groups
- Herbal Remedies*
- Postpartum doula services
2. Postpartum Anxiety Disorders
10-15% of women develop postpartum anxiety disorders. This kind of postnatal disorder include three sub-categories and these are as follows –
1. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) – In this type of condition, mother experiences excessive anxiety, which she finds it difficult to control. The symptoms include sleeping disorders or insomnia, irritability, restlessness, fatigue etc.
2. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – In this condition, the mother is enforced with obsessions or thoughts that become persistent for a short period. In some worst cases, mothers even frequently think about hurting the baby that becomes one of her ritualistic behaviors, which she finds difficult to control.
3. Panic disorder – This is the case about extreme anxiety, followed by chest pains, dizziness, sweating, shaking, etc.
Easiest ways to deal with postpartum anxiety disorders –
Apart from considering the above suggestions made for dealing baby blues and deal with depression, the patients should also consider taking –
- Light therapy
- Support Groups
- Medication (anti-depressants)
3. Psychotic Depressions
Hallucinations and delusions are some of the distinguished factors to identify this kind of postpartum disorder. While this isn’t a continuous stage, family members might find it difficult to diagnose psychosis. However, this condition can be spotted when the mother becomes irrational, endangering both herself and her new born. Post such periods, the patient usually forgets how she had behaved under psychosis. It is a very condition, say 1 in 1000. However, it is an emergency and should be treated immediately.
Medical treatments for psychotic depression include the following –
- Hormone therapy to mothers at risk as prevention
- Assistance with caring for baby while mother is in recovery
- Hospitalization until mother is stabilized
So these are some of the easiest ways to deal with postpartum depression. Hope new moms find this post useful. If postpartum depression cannot be treated at home by the above methods, please do visit your doctor for a thorough treatment.
Stay cheerful and blessed upon arrival of your new angel!