What are symptoms of postpartum depression in a new mom?

See below. Post-partum depression (PPD) may appear as baby blues with sx: crying, mood swings, anxiety, sadness, trouble sleeping, irritability. These sx don't resolve after several weeks, become more intense, may impair functioning, also feelings of guilt, shame, inadequacy, lost of enjoyment of life, thoughts of self-harm or other harm might appear. Ppd needs to be treated for the sake of mother and baby.
Depression & anxiety. The symptoms can include: insomnia and sleep disturbances, sad & depressed mood, lack of appetite, worrying & severe anxiety, irritability and anger, panic attacks, feelings of hopelessness, loss of pleasure and motivation in usual activities, difficulty functioning as usual, overwhelmed and unable to cope with life's demands, and obsessive, distressing thoughts. Sometimes suicidal thoughts.

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Who is affected by postpartum depression? New or older moms?

Not the key. There may be some slight increase in risk for "older" moms, in particular, mom's for whom this is not their first child. However, age is not a major risk factor. The major risk factor, by far, is a prior history of depression or bipolar disorder (a major mood disorder).
Both. Age may not be as significant as the other risk factors like history of depression, lack of social supports etc.

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, what are some of the symptoms of postpartum depression and how is it treated?

Symptoms are the. Same as a depressed mood at any time. Unfortunately, PPD can harmfully impact your baby's development. Persistence of " baby blues" past 2 weeks or onset between 1-12 mos. After delivery requires referral for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy & discussion of pros & cons of meds during breastfeeding. Tell both your OB & your pediatrician. See http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007215.htm.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

Sad and tired. If you find yourself constantly exhausted, unable to sleep, sad at a time when you should be happy with your new baby, not interested in eating, having mood swings, worrying or thinking about harming your baby, you could have postpartum depression. This occurs in 10-20% of women within the first few months after birth. It's more likely if you've had depression before or are under stress.
Clinical Depression. The symptoms are the same as what is seen in what is known as clinical or major depression. These include depressed mood, changes in sleep and appetite, decreased interests in activities, feelings of guilt, and thoughts of death or suicide. Also, since depression arises after giving birth, there are frequent negative thoughts connected with the baby or the mother's ability to care for the baby.
Depression & anxiety. The symptoms can include: insomnia and sleep disturbances, sad & depressed mood, lack of appetite, worrying & severe anxiety, irritability and anger, panic attacks, feelings of hopelessness, loss of pleasure and motivation in usual activities, difficulty functioning as usual, overwhelmed and unable to cope with life's demands, and obsessive, distressing thoughts. Sometimes suicidal thoughts.
See below. Crying, feelings of guilt, overwhelmed. Postpartum depression significantly impairs functioning, onset might be delayed for up to a year. Even if hormones are stabilized and routine is there, sx do not resolve, worsen and functioning deteriorates. Untreated sx might lead to suicidal ideation/attempts and post-partum psychosis.
PPD. I answer as a reproductive psychiatrist: symptoms fluctuate: good/bad/good. Insomnia, changes in energy, mood, anxiety, arousal level, hope, coping ability. She will sometimes not feel like herself. If any of these are the case: seek help. Ppd harms the infant's brain development. Find specialist: www. Postpartum. Net. You may write to me via healthtap to get help finding a specialist near you.
Clinical Depression. In general, clinical depression is essentially the same regardless of when it occurs. The evaluation should be done by a psychiatrist, and treatment is generally the same as during other times. In my practice, I have prescribed traditional antidepressant medications with excellent results. Nursing while on the medications has not been a concern with my patients.
Get checked. If you think you could be having post-partum depression then you should get checked. It is even more important to get checked immediately if you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, especially your baby.
In addition to. Depression symptoms w' postpartum depression includes thoughts of harming the infant and/ or disinterest and difficulty bonding with the child. It is important to get help ASAP if you think you have postpartum depression.

Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

Yes. A lot of women don't feel so much sad as angry or scared during postpartum depression. If you are having anger that is getting in the way of your daily living or affecting your relationships, you should talk to your doctor right away. Don't be scared to ask. Postpartum depression is common and there is help.
It can be. Some women have irritability and anger as the predominant symptom of their depression. It is best to seek help to assess whether this is a symptom of depression.

How to help my wife with postpartum depression?

Find a therapist. In addition to being supportive and listening to your wife, it is important to get her help from a professional. Postpartum depression can last for years if left untreated and can become quite severe. Find a therapist that is experienced or ask your or her doctor for a referral.

How does postpartum depression affect my family?

Adds More Stress. Any illness puts a stress on a family balance. Having a baby puts a stress on a family as well (even if it's a positive stress). Every family deals differently with stress and any particular action by the family will be dependent on how family deals with stress during "bad" times. If you feel, you have post-partum depression, get evaluated, get treatment for your sake and sake of your child.
Multiple ways. Subtle interractions between yourself and the baby can be affected. A babies brain is 400 gms at birth and 800 grams at 2 Y.O. A lot is happenning that affects basic programming and had been termed maternal looping. Otherwise, we probably don't have to tell you the effects; increased stress changes the dynamics and it depends on the family, get help.

How do I know if I am at risk for postpartum depression?

Risk factors. Some risk factors would be history of depression in the past. Not having a supportive partner or family.
Any postpartum woman. Is potentially at risk. Personally if there is any history of depression in the family or postpartum woman there is a significant risk of postpartum depression. Obviously any previous postpartum depression us the strongest predictor of all for getting the disorder. Because of the possibility of severe, even fatal consequences of postpartum depression get treatment immediately when signs occur.
Know risk factors. Several risk factors can predispose women to ppd, including: *previous history of postpartum depression *symptoms of depression or severe anxiety during pregnancy *prior history of depression *significant pms or pmdd *lack of social support network *relationship problems *major psychosocial stressors *fertility issues may increase risk *history of physical and/or sexual abuse.

What should I do for my friend with postpartum depression?

Support her. Support your friend by being present and willing to hear her feelings. Help with the infant, if appropriate. Encourage & help your friend to get professional care for her depression. Medicines (some are safe in breastfeeding) and talk therapy may help her. Help her reach out to others, like extended family who may not know what she needs. For education: http://tinyurl. Com/7onlu98.

Can postpartum depression cause women to feel changing emotions?

Yes. Post partum depression is often accompanied by anxiety. Anxiety over germ phobia, responsibilities of becoming a parent worrying about the child's health. Paranoid thoughts and delusions occur infrequently and require urgent care.
Yes, Emotions can fluctuate strongly in the post-partum period, thought due to rapidly changing hormone levels. In a significant number of women, a persistent depressed mood can set it, interfering with the natural joy and bonding of this time. When mood fluctuations turn into depression, treatment is essential.