Postpartum Depression, Anxiety Disorder

Postpartum Depression, Anxiety Disorder

You are not alone if you feel unhappy after giving birth to the baby that you have looked forward to for 9 months.

This situation is observed on more than 80% of the recent mothers. This depression is shows up in the very first days after the birth. You can easily get over this period by getting rest and getting help from your partner and neighborhoods. But if this period takes a long time it may lead you to a serious problem.
Your doctor may diagnose if you are having postpartum depression or not. 10-15% of newly mothers may have anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. You have to see your doctor if you are tending to harm yourself or your baby.

What is postpartum depression?
It may be seen in the next 2 months after labor and the symptoms are;
– Focus issue
– Anxiety
– Restlessness or excessive sensuality
– Crying
– Anger
– Negative thoughts like guiltiness, hopelessness, sadness.
– Sleeping problems
– Dislike to the things enjoyed before
– Anorexia
– Stomachache, backache and headache

What is postpartum anxiety disorder?
There are some different symptoms of postpartum anxiety disorder. If you are feeling excessively anxious you may have anxiety disorder. It is denoted after the researches that 10% of the newly mother are having anxiety disorder. The signs are observed in the first 2 or 3 weeks. The symptoms are:
– Shortness of breathe
– Excessive anxiousness and restlessness
– Choking feeling
– Dizziness
– Shaking
– Excessive sweating
– Fear of death
– Faint
– Having fever

What is postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder might be defined as the thoughts of violent things. It is mostly observed in the first weeks after birth and the harming the baby is the most known symptom. The mothers who are having this illness do not want to wash the baby as they fear from choking the baby. They do not leave the sharp things like knife around with the thought of someone can damage the baby. If you are having this kind of obsessive thoughts you had better to see a doctor immediately. Eagerness to violence is the most known symptom of this illness and it must be treated immediately.

What is the reason of this depression?
Experts agree on that having more than one reason. These sicknesses may show up because of the hormonal changes, psychological factors and environmental factors. One of the most common reasons is the depressions during pregnancy.

How to get over?
It is a must to get the help of an expert if you are in a period of a depression like this. And do not hesitate to ask for help from your neighborhood. You can get over the period by having rest, going to walk and spending time for yourself.
The period is also difficult for the fathers. They must help them talking and having rest as the needs of the baby and the mother increases. If you are not sure what to do in this period you can get the help of an expert.

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