Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

By Bansari Pujara

Pregnancy is a life changing event in a woman’s life, getting the opportunity to bring a new life into this world, is pretty magical. In homes where the pregnancy is not unwanted or has a silver lining, the mothers still have the possibility of suffering through postpartum depression. Now, to put in a simple way, it is the inability of the mother to connect with the baby. 

Pregnancy hits a woman’s normal life cycle like a thunderstorm, it affects the physical as well as the mental functioning, right from mood swings to food cravings. The confusing feelings varying from excitement to delight to dread and exhaustion, anxiety, emptiness or even emotionless, triggered by the child birth, but unexpectedly it also results in depression. On the off chance, the sense that a woman does not love her child or feel distant from the child, the woman might have postpartum depression.

The condition, as feared by many mothers, does not mean that they dislike their new born, it is just a psychological disorder. Even though the problem is most common in mothers, ten percent of fathers do face the same. A few people with postpartum depression are known to have had thoughts about harming their child or even about committing suicide or self-harming. In most of the cases neither parents nor the infant are put at risk, but having these contemplations are not only nerve wrecking but also upsetting.

PPD is a probable to be the consequence of varied reasons. However, the concrete grounds of its occurrence are still a mystery. Emotional, stressful events, a biological change that triggers an imbalance of brain chemicals, or both is the cause of this depression. 

PPD can be diagnosed by the following characteristics, sleeping problems, problems making decisions and concentrating, self-confidence problems, changes in appetite, anxiety, fatigue, listlessness, or the reluctance to be involved in any physical activity, feelings of guilt, becoming self-critical and also suicidal thoughts. 

Even though it is treatable, there is no fixed amount of time that is required for the patient to go back to normal life.

The most significant advance headed straight toward treating and recuperating from PPD, other than going to a doctor, is to recognize the issue. Family, partners, and the help of dear friends can majorly affect a quicker recuperation. It is better for the individual with PPD to express how she feels to individuals she can trust, as opposed to subduing feelings, this can in turn increase the chance of connecting to other people who feel the same, and feel less prejudiced.