Bearing a child of your own and stepping into motherhood is one of the greatest blessings a woman could ever have.

However, studies have shown that for most of the women, this blessing can surprisingly turn into a curse, not related to magic, but in fact, a clinically diagnosed condition termed as Post-Partum Depression (PPD).

Experts report that between 0.5% to 61% of women are likely to suffer depression after delivery and dear ladies, we've all been there and it's something every woman should know. Even the Teen Mom's Catelynn Lowell was suffered from PPD. 

We know that you're all afraid that PPD could lead to serious complications or hamper your child's growth, but that's not the case, as it can be treated well.

With that being said, let's dive in find out all the signs and symptoms of PPD in today's section.

Post-Partum Depression Signs and Symptoms

Before reading down the symptoms below, it's important to remember that you may not be experiencing all the symptoms listed and it's not just about having a single bad day as it can last up to weeks and months.

PPD is a major form of clinical depression that affects both sexes mostly women that occur after childbirth.

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PPD cannot be diagnosed easily as it's symptoms vary from person to person and it's not much visible as well. Symptoms can be classified as:

  1. Emotional

Depression is always linked with the emotional aspect of a person as depression is an emotion itself. Women suffering from PPD show certain peculiar emotions which include:

  • Mood Swings

  • Persistent sadness and anxiousness

  • Irritability and anger

  • Frustration and low self-esteem

  • Exhaustion and non-motherly feelings

  • Trouble bonding with baby

  • Guilt and shame

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2. Behavioural

  • Excessive weeping

  • Anorexia

  • Lack of motivation and energy

  • Isolation and feeling of lost

  • Insomnia or excessive sleep

  • Persistent unhappiness 

  • Lack of comfort

  • Low sexual desire

Source: Reader's Digest

3. Psychological

  • Self-harm and suicidal tendencies

  • Fear of the baby

  • Poor Memory or memory loss

  • Lack of clear thinking

  • Lack of concentration

 

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The exact cause of PPD has still been not discovered by all the medical experts but according to National Institute of Mental Health, women are likely to suffer PPD due to a sudden drop of hormones, estrogen, and progesterone that triggers mood swings.

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But wait- there's more, as a lot of factors are responsible for the depression, namely physical and emotional factors and lack of full recovery from childbirth.

Here's a video by Dr. Eugene Scioscia from West Penn Allegheny Health System, talking about the diagnosis and treatment of PPD. Must watch

Well, it's time that every single woman, including men, come forward and talk about this treatable condition.

One of the common misconceptions of PPD is that people think it'll go over time but it doesn't and it should be addressed with the help of a medical health professional.

It's never too late to share ladies.