Baby blues, postpartum psychosis...which one are you suffering from?

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Postpartum depression can either affect you mildly or attack you in its full flurry. Read on to gather more

Yes, you are happy to be united with your baby. But strangely, do you sense an overwhelming irritability taking over and failing to see the joy in things? Relax. You are not alone.

While it is not really clear why postpartum depression affects women, hormonal changes are speculated as one possible reason. According to research, 1 in 7 mothers is a victim of some or the other form of postpartum depression.

However, these bouts of depression can have variations. Psychotherapist Dr Sanju Gambhir of Primus Hospitals, Delhi, says, “While baby blues is a mild form of postpartum depression, which includes mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly, some new mums experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.” There are worst forms, know as postpartum psychosis, where women even tend to hallucinate.

Click on Continue Reading for symptoms of ‘baby blues.’

Baby blues is the mildest form of postpartum depression. Various emotions surrounding the arrival of the baby couple with sleeplessness, euphoria and anxiety, usually get too much to handle for the new parents, and mostly the mother.

Symptoms of baby blues

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Crying
  • Decreased concentration
  • Trouble sleeping
postpartum depression

Untreated, postpartum depression can last for months and even longer

While baby blues fade out within 2 to 3 weeks of delivery, sometimes these last longer and are more severe. If they tend to interfere with your bonding with your baby and regular activities, you need to get treated for postpartum depression. If untreated, it can last for several months, even longer.

Symptoms of postpartum depression

  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Lack of joy in life
  • Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Severe mood swings
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

Click on Continue Reading for symptoms of postpartum psychosis.

If within two weeks of delivery, you tend to feel confused, disoriented and paranoid, you might have been hit by a rare condition called postpartum psychosis.

Symptoms of postpartum psychosis

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Feelings of harming yourself or your baby

“If post-delivery, a woman is feeling depressed, don’t neglect it. It is very important to consult a doctor. It is nothing to be embarrassed about,” says Dr Gambhir. Untreated postpartum depression can have life-threatening effects.

Better safe than sorry, mums.

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Written by

Harshikaa Udasi