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Mental diseases are much more harmful and yet, are less-talked about. Social media has helped a lot of the victims to voice their feelings but the key question remains the same – is talking enough to fight mental problems? It is a positive step but not enough! Mental patients have always faced the issue of discrimination and being called-out names (freaks!) since always. Times are changing. Talking about mental diseases has helped to create awareness.

 

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum Depression is a form of depression which is found in women after childbirth. This form of depression is usually misunderstood and hence ignored as “Baby Blues”, which is quite common among new mothers. Surveys have shown that almost 80% of women suffer baby blues, which is considered as the least severe form of Postpartum Depression. Experts have observed that mood swings, restlessness, anxiety resulting from baby blues are mild and fade away within 2-3 weeks of the birth of a child. At the same time, Postpartum Depression intensifies and persists even after that duration.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression is quite serious and has to be tackled at an early stage. It can really affect the health of both the mother and the child. Here are a few symptoms of Postpartum Depression.

  • Insomnia: Lack of sleep is quite common among new mothers because of the newborn baby but if it occurs even when the baby is sleeping, you have to take it seriously. Observe and accept the hormonal changes happening in your body.
  • Abnormal Appetite: Loss of appetite or eating more is one of the symptoms of Postpartum Depression. Mild variation in appetite should not be counted under these symptoms.
  • Rage: New mothers experience an increase in rage and find themselves getting angry for no apparent reason.
  • Excessive weeping or crying: Sadness among any depression victims is quite common. Postpartum Depression victims are found to experience an increased rate of weeping without any valid reason.
  • Trance – state:  Feeling confused and loss of focus is quite common among Postpartum victims.

These are many other symptoms like, anxiety, paranoia, loss of interest, low on energy, etc. which a victim might face. It should be kept in mind that you may or may not face all of the listed symptoms. Even one of the symptoms is enough to reach out for help!

Things you can do to fight Postpartum Depression

Now that we understand Postpartum Depression, what comes next to start the fight? There are many things you can do to fight this mental illness. Let us list all these things under two categories :

Self – help

The first step towards curing any mental disease is accepting that you are a victim. Once you’ve accepted, it becomes easy to make little efforts. Here are a few things which you can do to fight Postpartum Depression.

Physical Activity: It is advised for the victims to exercise for 20-30 minutes on a daily basis. It does not have to be extreme; even a peaceful walk would do. It helps in tackling sudden drop in hormones post-birth.

Express: Postpartum Depression victims are advised to express themselves even though they might not feel like doing it. So if you are a victim, find a confidante and express your thoughts.

Diet:  Take a proper and a well-balanced diet. Your body needs the nutrients to keep up with the over-time of taking care of the baby,  even though you may not be up to it.

There are many such things you can do to fight the battle against Postpartum Depression like taking proper rest, going out with friends, etc.

Professional help

If the symptoms keep persisting, seek professional help as soon as possible. Doctors may start with talk-therapy and prescribe antidepressants, if necessary.

Your body takes time to heal. Making efforts is just the beginning of the whole healing process. There are experts and psychiatrists who can be reached easily and are really effective in treating Postpartum Depression. Start fighting your battle now!

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