Post-Partum Depression Resources A new baby changes life in every way. Becoming a parent is a major change that affects every aspect of life. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, uncertain, and sensitive as your learn about motherhood, especially in the first few weeks. However, if the troubles with adjusting to your new role persist, getting information and help as soon as possible will make a big difference in your ability to cope. Could you have post-partum depression?
It can happen during pregnancy, directly following birth, or even months later. As many as 80% of new mothers experience a range of highs and lows during pregnancy and/or following birth. About 20% of new mothers experience a clinical depression; left untreated, postpartum disorders can last for several months, or even years. Both men and women can experience postpartum depression. When one parent is suffering, certainly, the rest of the family suffers.
Consider the following symptoms as guidelines and if experienced every day, several times a day, reach out. -Sad/Weepy -Isolated/Lonely -Guilt/Shame/Anger/Resentful -Anxious/Tense -Exhausted.
Symptoms requiring immediate attention: Loss of control -Thoughts of hurting yourself -Thoughts of hurting your baby -Scary fantasies -Visual or Auditory hallucinations
Whenever you feel it is continuously difficult to cope with daily tasks and decision, don't hesitate to ask for some help.