The birth of a child is supposed to be the happiest moment in the mother’s life, but one out of ten mothers suffers from depression after the birth of the child. Postnatal depression often goes undiagnosed, with the fear of social stigmatization forcing women to hide their mental blues. However, this form of depression should be cured for the wellbeing of both the mother and the child.
Causes of Postnatal Depression
The exact causes of postnatal depression are not quite clear. Existence of mental health problems might cause depression after childbirth. Anxiety about caring for the newborn, the new responsibilities that one needs to handle, marital discord, loneliness, financial problems, physical health problems might cause depression after childbirth.
Symptoms of Postnatal Depression
If you see a near one always in a low mood especially in the morning, and if the condition persists over a week, it is possible that the new mother is suffering from depression. She might suffer from extreme mood swings, oscillating between being overemotional and crying to a sense of total lack of interest. The new mother might be irritated all the time and work clumsily. The sense of rejection and guilt might culminate in some extreme cases in thoughts about harming the baby and herself.
How to Deal with Postnatal Depression
Talking to Others
Recent studies have shown that talking to others might help preventing as well as curing postnatal depression. Researchers have found the women at a risk of developing postnatal depression might benefit by talking to other new mothers.
Cognitive therapy helps in changing the pattern of your thought that triggers depression. Cognitive therapy is often accompanied with behavioral therapy, preventing you to do certain harmful acts. Depending upon the severity of your postnatal depression, it might take a few days to several months to cure it.
Antidepressant drugs are often prescribed for patients suffering from postnatal depression. It takes 2 to 4 weeks for the drug to act on your neurotransmitters. However, women, especially lactating mothers, often do not prefer antidepressants fearing the adverse affect of the medicines on the health of the baby.