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Let's Talk About Post Partum Depression.

Post Partum Depression is a term used by our soci​ety to explain a plethora of mental health concerns occurring after the birth of a child.  However, there are actually  numerous different diagnoses,  symptoms, and mood changes that cause concern that tend to get lumped together in this category.   While these themes typically impact biological mothers, they are not limited to biological mothers.  I encourage you not to focus on the idea of a "diagnosis," but more on the idea of the symptoms you are suffering with.  Below is a small list which represents feelings, behaviors and thoughts that you may be suffering with, either before, during or after the entrance of a child into your life:


Feelings of detachment or lack of bonding with a new baby


Extreme disappointment over your child's gender or appearance


Guilt over choices such as feeding, sleeping and employment


Worry that is detrimental during pregnancy about how your choices could impact your unborn child


Wondering if you are losing your mind or "going crazy"


Difficulty with leaving the house due to extreme worries about "what could happen?"


Feelings of inadequacy


Loss of appetite


Wondering if having a child was a big mistake


Extreme anger towards your partner


Worry that your child is too fussy, "not a good baby," or will have some type of disability


Isolation, or feeling lonely even when other people are around


Feeling that no one understands


Continued worry about your health or your child's health that cannot be reassured by medical professionals


Missing your old life and wanting "normal" to return


Having thoughts or images that scare you, that you would never act on, and that you are afraid to talk about? (These are called intrusive thoughts.  Having these thoughts does not mean you will act on them!)  Fear that if , "I told anyone about these thoughts, my children would be taken away or CPS would be called."


Obsession over  social media, pregnancy/parenting apps, and how "other people are doing it."

 

Constant thoughts about perceived dangers, whether realistic or not


Feeling upset over the condition of your house


Inability to sleep, feelings that you "can't turn off your brain."



Free Resources (who doesn't like free?)


Post Partum Support International (PSI)-  Chat, Education, Provider Search and More!

www.postpartum.net


MotherToBaby- Medications & More During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

www.mothertobaby.org