Depression is not just a state of mind for a temporary period of time, but a serious illness that involves the brain. It can strike a person during anytime in his/her life, especially after the death of a loved one, during pregnancy or after childbirth.
Pregnancy & Childbirth Depression
While the woman involved may not know any symptoms, the physician can easily gauge if the symptoms are due to depression or something else. Depression is beyond the feeling of “baby blues” or “down in the dumps” which may continue just for a few days’ time. Here., the sadness, empty feeling or anxiousness don’t disappear and hinder normal life activities as well. The good news is that, with treatment most people with depression get better.
With more women working nowadays, the ratio of stay-at-home women has drastically decreased and childbirth curbs a woman many of her pleasurable things and freedom to do what she wants. These things have made depression a common problem among women during and after pregnancy. Almost 13% of pregnant women and new mothers have depression.
When a Woman is Termed to be Depressed?
Some women might not know that they are depressed while being pregnant or after delivering a baby. Certain strong symptoms that indicate depression include:
There is no single cause but a combination of factors that can make a person fall into the baits of depression:
Postpartum psychosis is usually rare: about 1 in 4 of every 1,000 moms get it some 2 weeks after delivery. Confusion, rapid mood swings, seeing things that don’t exist and trying to hurt yourself or the baby are few things that indicate such a disorder.
Possible Ways to Curb Depression As Soon As Possible
It is better to meet a doctor if:
But, it is necessary to treat depression either using talk therapy (psychologist) or medicines. Untreated depression can lead to use of harmful substances such as tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs, sleeping trouble, unable to meet the child’s need, premature birth and problems during pregnancy and after delivery.
Every child deserves to be loved and cared by a healthy mom. Every mom deserves to enjoy her life and her children. If you feel that you are affected by depression, immediately notify a loved one about it and call your doctor right away.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.