Signs Of Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is a type of major clinical depression that is often experienced by women (and sometimes their male partners) shortly after having a child. Signs of postpartum depression includes many things such as; constant mood swings, lost of appetite, rapid weight gain, rapid weight loss, irregular sleep intervals and durations, lack of interest in the baby, lowered libido, constant feeling of sadness and fatigue for no apparent reason, impaired motor skills, impaired speech and writing, easily irritable, and in some severe cases thought of suicide or thought of doing harm to the baby.
People who are suspected of showing signs of postpartum depression should immediately seek medical help. If you or a spouse who suspects that your partner is experiencing postpartum depression then there is a postpartum depression test available known as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), which can help you detect signs of postpartum depression.
So how long does postpartum depression last ? There is actually no definitive answer to this, but research in this field has suggested that women who have been identified with this condition have on average, reported that they experienced the described symptoms for about one and half years before seeking medical help. If you’re expecting a new baby in your family soon, then it is advisable to prepare yourself for this possible condition by looking for the early signs.
Postpartum depression pregnancy is something that is exhibited by women during their pregnancy. The causes for this are thought to be directly related to the hormonal fluctuation that can occur during this time. This fluctuation can cause for the woman to show all the signs of postpartum depression. Because it is a social belief that this is a normal thing for women to experience when they are pregnant, many will choose to simply ignore it and this can have major consequences. Postpartum depression pregnancy differs from just a simple temporary mood swing in that it has ill consequences for both the mother and the developing baby. For one thing, it has been reported that women who are diagnosed with this condition will give birth to a child that not as healthy as it should be due to the neglect that women has placed on herself during this depressive episode.
The best line of defense against this is to look for the “signs of postpartum depression” early on in the pregnancy and not let it be prolonged. Seek medical help or therapeutic help as soon as the signs and symptoms are detected. Doing so will not only help the woman regain her balance, but will ensure that the baby’s development will not be hampered.