Postpartum depression Orlando affects about 3 million women a year. Though it is a condition that a lot of women face after giving birth, it is still something that is not widely discussed. With celebrities like actress Hayden Panettiere and Brooke Shields opening up in the media about their struggles with postpartum depression, more and more women are talking about it and seeking help.
Opening up the lines of communication and removing the stigma will allow many others to get the proper help they need. Having a child is often stressful, but what signs should you look for to distinguish between average parenting issues you have adjusting to becoming a mother and having postpartum depression? Let’s take a look at some of the signs of postpartum depression.
Recognizing the Signs of Postpartum Depression
- Are you feeling disconnected or feel like your head is in a fog?
- Do you have thoughts of running way or feel anxious all the time?
- Have you stopped eating or are you overeating as a way to escape?
- Do you feel overwhelmed and like you cannot go on?
- Do you feel like you cannot bond with your new baby?
- Do you feel angry for no reason and lash out?
- Are you having mood swings?
- Do you feel deep sadness and hopelessness?
- Are you crying and finding it difficult to stop?
- Are you having suicidal thoughts, thoughts of harming yourself or thoughts of harming your child?
Some women experience these symptoms on a smaller scale for a few days to two weeks after their child is born and it goes away. This is commonly called “the baby blues.” For others, it can last for a few weeks or longer. If you have felt any of the symptoms above, seek professional help. There is no shame in getting the help you need so you are healthy enough, both mentally and physically, to take care of yourself and your family. You are not alone.
Seek Help Today
Seek mental health counseling today. Understand what is going on and how to reconnect back to yourself. Don’t sit in the discomfort any longer. At High Expectations Counseling we are prepared to walk this journey with you.
It is important to seek therapy and treatment as soon as possible. If you detect it to late or not at all, then the condition will more than likely worsen. Experts have found that many children are and can be affected by a mothers untreated PPD. These children can be prone to sleep disturbance, impaired cognitive developments, insecurities, and very frequent temper tantrum.