There are many misunderstandings about postpartum depression. Here’s what women who are pregnant for the first time need to know.
Postpartum depression is the same as other common depressions
Postpartum depression is a quite different form compared to other common depressions, because postpartum depression can be manifested by symptoms such as anger and irritability. Postpartum depression can also be manifested by impatience and impatient attitude, making it difficult for women to face stress while taking care of the baby. The woman may be so angry that they have never felt that before. Common depression will not show these symptoms.
It is easy to detect the postpartum depression
Many people believe that women with postpartum depression will not be able to get out of bed, their minds will be confused and will look very sad, but in fact, they are not. Many women look like they are having everything after giving birth, but in fact, they are having a great inner struggle. They can bathe, dress well and clean the house very neatly, but actually inside of them are struggling with negative emotions and thoughts and many people nearby cannot recognize.
Postpartum depression will make women hurt the baby
Thinking about hurting a baby is not a sign or symptom of postpartum depression. Thinking about hurting a baby is a symptom of a condition called postpartum psychosis.
According to the International Organization for Postnatal Depression Support, postpartum psychosis is a rare condition of neurological disease than the rate of postpartum depression or anxiety. Postpartum psychosis occurs in about 1 to 2 women out of 1,000 women, while postpartum depression occurs in 15-20% of newborn women.
The occurrence of the disease is usually very unexpected, usually within the first 2 weeks after giving birth. These two conditions are very different and should not be confused. A woman with severe postpartum depression will be at greater risk of harming herself, not harming the baby. Meanwhile, postpartum psychosis can appear behaviors hurting the baby
Postpartum depression only occurs a short time after giving birth
Many newborn mothers will experience postpartum cheerless syndrome, or called “baby blues” syndrome. This syndrome includes symptoms such as emotional changes, episodes of crying, anxiety and having troubles in sleeping. Postpartum cheerless syndrome usually starts within the first 2-3 days after giving birth and lasts until about 2 weeks
However, postpartum depression is a more serious and prolonged condition. Even postpartum depression may appear and last until about 1 year after giving birth. Many women show signs of postpartum depression many months after giving birth, which leads them not to think it is a sign of postpartum depression and do not appreciate the severity of these signs. Therefore, it is important for women to recognize the signs when they appear and may become worse within months after giving birth.
Postpartum depression is the only mental health problem that needs attention after giving birth
Anxiety after giving birth is a very common problem and more attention is needed recently than postpartum depression. Many women believe that it is a feeling of anxiety that occurs when taking care of a baby. Although some anxiety states during this period are relatively normal (and sometimes necessary), but anxious thoughts and accompanying behaviors can interfere with the ability to take care of themselves. and become a symptom of anxiety after giving birth.
Postnatal anxiety includes manifestations such as frequent anxiety, over-thinking and inability to sit quietly sleep, eat or some other problems.
Postpartum depression means the woman does not love their child
This is one of the biggest misunderstandings and the most false misunderstanding. Postpartum depression does not relate to whether women love their children or not. Postpartum depression is a condition caused by many causes, including psychological, biological and hormonal factors. Although women may love their children, depression can affect the ability of the mother to connect with the baby.
Postpartum depression will disappear after a certain period of time
Postpartum depression is a treatable condition and is very effective if detected and treated promptly. Mothers should not let negative emotions and symptoms persist in the hope that they will disappear over time. Mayo Clinic recommends that you should call your doctor as soon as possible if the signs and symptoms of depression are worse, making it difficult for you to take care of your baby, in performing daily activities and especially if these symptoms make you think about hurting yourself or your baby. Call an emergency immediately if you feel suicidal.
In addition, family members such as husbands, parents, and siblings should also pay attention to early detection of depression symptoms in the postpartum mother and seek timely assistance.