Postpartum depression is something that is very normal for mothers to experience. Having postpartum depression does not mean you are weak! It is also not anything that you should be ashamed of.
The symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to those of other forms of the condition. The most common symptoms of postpartum depression include intensified sadness, anxiety, irritability, mood swings and crying over an extended period of time.
Prevention and Treatment
The good news is that new mothers have a lot of options when it comes to the prevention and treatment of this condition. It is very good to do anything and everything to prevent it, and treat it as soon as it is noticed.
Some measures that can help prevent this condition are getting sufficient rest, having a healthy diet, and drinking sufficient amounts of water. Some of these prevention measures are easier said than done while caring for a newborn. One key in successfully battling postpartum depression is surrounding yourself with an ample support system, which can include a partner, family members, friends, and /or professionals. It might be a good idea to reach out to your doctor for individualized prevention advice before or soon after giving birth.
If you begin to notice symptoms of postpartum depression, tell a loved one and/or a professional! The main medical treatment options for postpartum depression include counseling, antidepressants, and hormonal therapy.