Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Treatment, And My Story
Are you having trouble finding joy in your everyday tasks? Are you overly anxious and for no particular reason?
If so, it might be time to talk to your doctor about postpartum depression!
Unfortunately, postpartum depression isn’t something most people talk about. Other than maybe at your postpartum check a few weeks after having your baby.
That’s why I wanted to help answer some questions by giving you a look at the symptoms, and treatment of PPD (postpartum depression).
What is Postpartum Depression?
PPD is an illness. An illness that causes depression, and usually occurs soon after you have a baby.
Postpartum depression can affect both moms and dads, which is something a lot of people don’t quite realize.
The best thing you can do is to look for the symptoms, and talk with your doctor if you feel you might be suffering from PPD.
Postpartum Depression Symptoms
According to the Mayo clinic, the symptoms of PPD could be anything from excessive crying to hopelessness, as well as not being able to find joy in the things you used to.
Postpartum depression symptoms can be extreme anxiety, and having trouble bonding with your baby.
It can also lead to thoughts of suicide.
If you are experiencing any of these, PLEASE talk to you doctor. They aren’t going to think you are a bad mom.
Postpartum Depression Treatment
Postpartum depression treatment depends on the severity of your illness…and that is what PPD is (an illness). You aren’t a bad mom!
A lot of times PPD can be fixed with a mild anti-depressant.
Another possible treatment would be seeing a therapist.
Depending on what you are comfortable with, you and your doctor can come up with a plan of action that will help get you back to yourself!
To end this article, I wanted to give you a look first-hand at my own story of PPD. Just know you are not alone!
My Story of Postpartum Depression
I read all the books, and articles online. I knew all the latest APA recommendations. I had outfits bought and the crib all set up.
I was prepared. What I wasn’t prepared for was postpartum depression.
Sure, I had read about it, but it couldn’t happen to me. Until it did.
My postpartum depression started out as feeling frustrated. As we all know, there are frustrating things about being a parent.
So, I wrote it off as new mom frustration, and that it would soon go away. It didn’t.
Then, I started snapping at my husband more.
I had read that while your hormones from pregnancy started to go back to normal after you gave birth, there might still be some mood swings. It would go away. It didn’t.
I also started feeling distant to my daughter, like I was just going through the motions.
I felt so guilty, because I was supposed to be happy and excited that I just had a baby, but instead I was struggling just to be happy. That’s postpartum depression for you.
My 6 week postpartum check-up came around and I knew things were wrong, and was planning on telling my OBGYN.
At this appointment they had me do the routine postpartum depression screening by having me answer questions. I scored high (not good, but also not surprising).
My doctor discussed some of the different anti-depressants and then told me that to gradually wean myself off of the medicine when I started feeling back to normal.
I wasn’t fixed overnight, but I did slowly start to feel back to my normal self.
Postpartum depression is another one of those topics that have a stigma surrounding talking about it.
One of the reasons is because of a big misconception about postpartum depression being that all women with postpartum depression have thoughts of harming themselves or their child.
NOT TRUE! I never once had this happen, but I was worried to talk to anyone about having postpartum depression because I assumed they would think that about me.
After experiencing this with my first child, I was concerned about getting it again with my second.
I think I was actually able to prevent it by understanding that not everything needs to be perfect. Being a first time mom, we have a lot of expectations about the way parenting will be.
Round two, I was more realistic about those expectations.
If you are going through postpartum depression please feel free to email me ([email protected]), and I would be happy listen and share my support.
Although it is not a topic talked about often, I firmly believe there is strength in opening up. Feel free to comment below, and also please share.