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Can a woman go through post pardom depression without knowing it? I ask because i think its happening to me. If this is possible what red flags should I look for and is it possible to handle it without medication?

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Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: 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 brief: 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.
Dr. Osman Farooq
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Dr. David Barnum
Post partum mood problems often go unrecognized or downplayed by other. Theses can be serious conditions and are worthy of treatment attention. Fortunately, both therapy and medications have shown good effectiveness for post partum conditions. Get some support and best of luck!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Between

Between the changes in hormones and lifestyle that come after childbirth, it is very common for a woman to have mood swings and to feel down.
This can be accompanied by feeling overwhelmed, being more tearful, difficulty sleeping and feeling anxious, jittery or irritable. This is called the postpartum blues and it happens to up to 80% of women. It can increase for several days after your baby’s birth and then hopefully will start to drop off within a couple weeks of delivery. Let your doctor know, so that she or he can make sure the blues don’t evolve into depression. Sometimes postpartum blues don’t resolve after a few weeks or becomes worse. The symptoms of post partum depression can start right after delivery or may not start for a number of months later. Possible symptoms of post partum depression can include feeling tired all the time (i know the mother of a newborn has every reason to be exhausted). The woman might believe she is not a good mother and this can lead to feeling guilty or inadequate. She may start eating a lot more or she may lose her appetite and lose weight (more than anticipated for shedding post baby pounds). She might want to sleep all day and find it hard to get out of bed or she might have the opposite problem and find it very hard to sleep. She may stop trusting her own ability to make decisions. Self confidence and self - love can drop. It may hard to bond with her newborn. Feeling helpless or hopeless may occur and can sometimes lead to thoughts about suicide or hurting her new baby. You expect to find pleasure with the new baby that you have carried for so many months, but instead may find that you find are not able to find pleasure in any area of your life. If you have any thoughts about harming yourself or the baby, that is a medical emergency and you to get help right away. Talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing. It this is post partum blues, it shouldn’t last too long. If it is post partum depression, it is very treatable. Take you good care of yourself. As a mother, i know that this can be a very difficult time.

In brief: Between

Between the changes in hormones and lifestyle that come after childbirth, it is very common for a woman to have mood swings and to feel down.
This can be accompanied by feeling overwhelmed, being more tearful, difficulty sleeping and feeling anxious, jittery or irritable. This is called the postpartum blues and it happens to up to 80% of women. It can increase for several days after your baby’s birth and then hopefully will start to drop off within a couple weeks of delivery. Let your doctor know, so that she or he can make sure the blues don’t evolve into depression. Sometimes postpartum blues don’t resolve after a few weeks or becomes worse. The symptoms of post partum depression can start right after delivery or may not start for a number of months later. Possible symptoms of post partum depression can include feeling tired all the time (i know the mother of a newborn has every reason to be exhausted). The woman might believe she is not a good mother and this can lead to feeling guilty or inadequate. She may start eating a lot more or she may lose her appetite and lose weight (more than anticipated for shedding post baby pounds). She might want to sleep all day and find it hard to get out of bed or she might have the opposite problem and find it very hard to sleep. She may stop trusting her own ability to make decisions. Self confidence and self - love can drop. It may hard to bond with her newborn. Feeling helpless or hopeless may occur and can sometimes lead to thoughts about suicide or hurting her new baby. You expect to find pleasure with the new baby that you have carried for so many months, but instead may find that you find are not able to find pleasure in any area of your life. If you have any thoughts about harming yourself or the baby, that is a medical emergency and you to get help right away. Talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing. It this is post partum blues, it shouldn’t last too long. If it is post partum depression, it is very treatable. Take you good care of yourself. As a mother, i know that this can be a very difficult time.
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