What caused it and how to get rid of the symptoms, was told by perinatal psychologist Julia Volyanskaya.
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth. Sense of oppression, anxiety, low mood and exhaustion — complaint of women with postpartum depression.The woman is hard to perform daily chores to care for a newborn child and to enjoy motherhood.
This disorder has no single causes. The combination of physical and emotional factors are the trigger for the development of postpartum depression.
The decline in hormone levels after childbirth (estrogen and progesterone) can cause fluctuations in the emotional background.
Lack of time for relaxation in the daily routine of women can lead to a state of exhaustion , unpleasant physical sensations, which is also a trigger of postpartum depression.
The symptoms of postpartum depression
sense of oppression, hopelessness, emptiness;
frequent unexplained crying;
feelings of anxiety or alarm;
excessive sleepiness or inability to sleep when the baby sleeps;
difficulty concentrating, remembering and making decisions;
loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities;
a sense of physical exhaustion, headaches, digestive problems;
overeating or loss of appetite;
avoiding communication with friends and family;
missing emotional connection with the child;
doubt in ability to care for their child;
thoughts to harm yourself or the baby.
Only a specialist can diagnose postpartum depression. The symptoms of this disorder are varied and can manifest individually.
Postpartum depression occurs in 15% of women, often starts from the first weeks to months after birth. Early treatment of depression is important for mother and child.
symptoms of depression during or after previous pregnancy;
depression or other mental illness in the past;
depression or other mental illness in family members;
stress, difficult life circumstances during pregnancy, the postpartum period;
medical complications of childbirth;
ambiguous attitude to the pregnancy;
the lack of emotional support from husband/partner/family;
bad habits (Smoking, alcohol, drugs) ;
Psychotherapy. This method of treatment is based on individual conversations with a doctor or therapist.
Medication. Antidepressants affect the chemical processes in the brain that are responsible for the regulation of the emotional sphere. It is not recommended to self-prescribe yourself these drugs. Only a doctor can diagnose the need for medication.
Treatments must be combined for greater efficiency.
any load should be in moderation
maintain communication with society and the outside world
listen to yourself and give your body what it asks
if possible, try to get some rest during the day when the baby sleeps.
don’t hesitate to ask your friends or relatives to help you care for the child.
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