Many women experience depression after the delivery of their baby. Though this is often considered a happy time, many women are surprised by their less than happy feelings. This is common and nothing to be ashamed of. If you are feeling depressed after the delivery of your baby, it is important to discuss your symptoms and feelings with your doctor.
Routine Depression Screening
At your postpartum visit, the doctor will ask you to complete the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screening. Since postpartum depression is a common disorder, it is routine to screen for this at the postpartum visit. Answer the questions honestly so that he doctor can help you.
Signs of Postpartum Depression
- Depressed Mood
- Severe Mood Swings
- Excessive Crying
- Difficulty Bonding with Baby
- Withdrawing From Family and Friends
- Loss of Appetite
- Inability to Sleep
- Sleeping too Much
- Reduced Interest in Formerly Pleasurable Activities
- Intense Irritability
- Severe Anxiety
- Thoughts of Suicide
If left untreated, depression can interfere with normal life and last for several months. This can make it difficult to bond with your baby or cause problems with other family members and friends. Many people suffering from depression have difficult at work too. Don’t wait to seek treatment, if you are suffering from depression speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
Postpartum depression is usually treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Together they can relieve symptoms and improve the quality of your life.
- Psychotherapy. Speak to a therapist. Your therapist will help you determine the best treatment plan for you and help you devise coping strategies.
- Antidepressants. Medication can help relieve symptoms. Speak to the doctor about different options available.
- Exercise. Exercise has proven to help people suffering from depression because it naturally raises endorphins in your brain.
- Support System. Having a baby is stressful. Allow your friends and family to support you. Spend time with friends and family and speak to someone that you feel comfortable talking to.
Speak to the Doctor
Postpartum depression is nothing to be ashamed about. If you think that you might be suffering from depression, make an appointment to see the doctor. He can discuss your options and help you determine the best course of action. Call the office during office hours at 630-810-0358 to make your appointment.