Postpartum Depression,Signs And Symptoms

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Postpartum depression is a condition that some mothers experience after childbirth. According to statistics, it happens to 1 in every 7 mothers. This type of depression, has those suffering from it feel all sorts of emotions ranging from sadness, hopeless, down to guilty all due to her inability to bond wit, or care for her baby. In many cases, many mothers who suffer from this type of depression, are unaware they are actually depressed.
They may get the feeling that they are overwhelmed by the childbirth and not pay attention to the other signs that follow. There are various factors that contribute to this condition and they include; Stress, hormones, history of depression, drug use disorder and the symptoms begin to manifest in less than 4 weeks after childbirth. Originally, the postpartum depression symptoms may go away on its after 3 months, but taking a longer period of time than that, it is advised to seek medical help especially psychologically.
In Nigeria, there are no measures put in place to tackle the issue of postnatal depressions in the health institutions. It is very important that after childbirth, a mother should make a cross-examination of her herself to be aware of this condition. These signs could help detection ultimately a treatment;

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Overwhelmed Feeling
You can get this feeling of “I don’t think I’m ready to be a mother”. The childbirth seems like too much a task for you to complete. When there’s the feeling of too many responsibilities that are weighing you down, it’s time to take a cue from the red light.

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Insomnia
Most mothers don’t get to sleep till their baby is asleep, but when experiencing PPD, they hardly get to sleep at all. This has a negative effect on the health.

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Disconnection
Postpartum depression brings about a disconnection between mother and child. The mother doesn’t feel the normal attraction a mother feels for her offspring.
 
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Anxiety
When a nursing mother is experiencing PPD, she gets anxious about everything
Uncontrollable guilt
Guilt is one of the symptoms of PPD. the mother feels she can do better but it also seems like she is held bound by the situation, and cannot perform better.


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