Postpartum Depression can be caused by hormonal changes, family history of depression, stress with partner or family members, extreme fear of not being a good enough mother, or complications with childbirth.
Some Symptoms of Postpartum Depression include:
- Feeling disconnected from your baby
- The desire to be alone
- Deep feelings of guilt
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Irritability and frustration for no reason
- Thoughts of harming your baby
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Sleeping a lot
- Eating too much or too little
Suffering from Postpartum depression is very scary and painful. To complicate matters you might be feeling all alone and lost. You might be so judgemental and critical of yourself because you feel you can’t be the kind of mother you want to be or dreamed of being.
First you need to understand…this is not your fault. A CDC study has found that 1 out of every 9 women experience postpartum depression. In addition, 70 to 80% of women experience the baby blues.
Speaking to a therapist/counselor can definitely help ease and lift the depression quicker and easier. The more we stay to ourselves and keep hidden the unconscious fear, guilt and judgement the longer the depression will remain. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will be able to give yourself and your baby your true self.