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Postpartum depression

Feb. 7, 2021, 3:41 a.m.

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Birth of a child is a joyful event in the life of every family. The appearance of a little man who is in such need of love and care, changes the daily routine of parents and their loved ones. Attention, strength and money are redistributed in such a way as to provide the baby with everything necessary and he grew up healthy and happy.

To any woman, the birth of a child is not only a great joy, but also a responsibility that entails an increase in the load. Changes in hormonal levels and figure, frequent lack of sleep, the need to always be close to the child causes not only chronic fatigue, but also increases the level of stress.

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Acques for many people whose family has a child, negative changes in a woman's condition are considered the norm, although they can be symptoms of a serious mental disorder - postpartum depression. This is a type of depressive disorder that appears in women immediately after the birth of a child. The depressed state and negative emotions that the mother experiences are reflected not only on her, but also on the baby, after all, his bond with his mother is particularly strong. To a lesser extent, the influence is felt by relatives who are constantly nearby, the depressive state of a woman can cause both anxiety and a desire to help on their part, and irritation, which entails conflicts. The latter situation often arises due to the confidence of many people that a woman should automatically wake up the maternal instinct, thanks to which she will be able to take care of the child without problems. Discomfort, pessimistic attitude and fatigue of a young mother are mistaken for selfishness.

Thir we can better understand this disorder, we have studied its symptoms in more detail.

Symptoms of postpartum depression

Negative emotions are periodically experienced by every person, even if he is mentally healthy. These are short-term reactions within the normal range that do not damage his condition and do not affect the quality of life.

As for depression, the symptoms are a manifestation of negative changes that have occurred with the human psyche. Postpartum depression has a number of signs, the presence of one or more of which requires immediate seeking help:

  • Year mother is always in a depressed state - often this is manifested in the woman's confidence that she is a bad mother and does everything wrong. She becomes irritable, often cries or vice versa - becomes aggressive and goes to conflict. A woman is dissatisfied with her figure and appearance, begins to suspect and accuse her husband of infidelity and dislike, often resents her relatives. There are no objective reasons.
  • He can't rest - even if there is enough help and she can sleep for 8 hours or more in peace and comfort. The feeling of fatigue increases every day, it does not go away either after rest or after spa treatments, walks or trips
  • Apathy - a woman ceases to be interested in literally everything: the child, his condition, relationship with loved ones, her internal state and appearance. Throws a hobby, ceases to be interested in everything that she was fond of before. She can continue to take care of the child on the machine, without experiencing emotions and not giving them to the baby
  • Sleep is disturbed - there may be both increased drowsiness, when a woman sleeps for days, and insomnia. In any case, the state of impotence and fatigue only intensifies.
  • Westion is also disturbed by two extremes: either too few calories, or too many. No matter how much a young mother eats, there is no healthy feeling of fullness. She either remains hungry or feels heaviness and even nausea after overeating. This negatively affects the physical condition, affects the internal organs.
  • Clumsiness - a woman refuses or avoids communication even with the closest people, to all questions or attempts to help, she refuses. The same attitude can manifest itself to the child, the woman may refuse to take care of him

Important to understand that all of these symptoms do not always occur at the same time and with high intensity. Depression can begin with fatigue and sleep disorders. At the same time, the environment, and the young mother herself, can explain this by changing the schedule due to the needs of the baby. Therefore, it is extremely important for relatives not only to help, but also to observe the change in the woman's condition.

Regardless of which option the family chooses, adultery is always painful, most people who have been cheated on take it as a betrayal. The statistics and history of cheating in different social circles is different, but in each of the cases it was noted that the wife is much less likely to cheat on her husband than vice versa

The danger of postpartum depression is that its presence increases the likelihood of suicide by 20 times, there are cases when the mother took the life of herself and the child. The second point is that this condition of the mother is always traumatic for the child, in the future he may have anxiety disorders and other mental disorders.

As for the woman herself, postpartum depression can provoke the appearance of bipolar disorder. This diagnosis is characterized by episodes of depression, alternating with mania - a state of arousal, which is characterized by an increased mood, fast, confused speech and sharp body movements. It requires more complex treatment with the use of medications of different actions and psychotherapy sessions, can be delayed for years with periodic alternation of exacerbations and "calm" periods.

Causes of postpartum depression

Afterbirth depression is quite common - approximately 13% of women who have recently become mothers. Like classic cases, postpartum depression can be the result of a stressful situation or trauma that a woman received during gestation or immediately after childbirth. In this case, you need to consult a psychologist or psychotherapist as soon as possible.

If there was no traumatic episode before, there is a certain predisposition that increases the likelihood of postpartum depression. Most often, this disorder is diagnosed in two categories of women who fall into the risk group:

  • Women who have previously suffered from depression - it can be both individual episodes and major depressive disorder. In this case, previous disorders can be successfully cured, relapse in the form of postpartum depression occurs after a long time.
  • Women who have experienced domestic violence can be both physical and emotional abuse. The victim is constantly depressed, feeling dependent on the abuser. The latter may be a husband or relatives, including parents.

To date, the exact cause of postpartum depression has not been fully understood. The causes described above are similar factors in most young mothers with this disorder. This means that the risk of postpartum depression in young mothers who do not fall into these two categories remains.

Treatment of postpartum depression

Treatment is prescribed by a psychotherapist or psychiatrist after examining a woman. Special screening techniques can reveal not only postpartum depression and its degree, but also concomitant disorders, if any (anxiety, panic, etc.).

The accuracy of diagnosis is extremely important, since both psychotherapy and drug treatment are used for treatment. Antidepressants with a sedative or stimulating effect, as well as some endogenous steroids, can be used as medications. An incorrectly selected drug can not only not help, but also worsen the condition, contributing to the development of another disorder

Decording psychotherapy sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques have shown their effectiveness. Their essence is to identify beliefs that cause incorrect and inadequate reactions, and correct correct attitudes. This helps to improve the condition in a relatively short time, as well as ensure the stability of medication. Psychotherapy is also effective during the rehabilitation period, when antidepressants are over, while it is very important The support of the people around us is the support of the people around us.

Psychological assistance in Russia and Ukraine

If you need to find a psychotherapist or psychiatrist who specializes in postpartum depression, this can be done using our service. Sessions are held online, this will significantly save time on the trip and allow you to undergo therapy in a comfortable environment.

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