Understanding PPD and PPA
By: Hailey Robertson
Postpartum Depression is defined as a severe, long-lasting form of depression after the birth of a baby.
Most new mothers experience a form of postpartum called “baby blues” that last typically one to two weeks after the baby is born. Postpartum depression is a more severe form of the “baby blues” with more severe and long-lasting symptoms.
Baby Blues symptoms: vs. Postpartum Depression symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Feeling Overwhelmed
- Reduced Concentration
- Appetite Problems
Postpartum Depression is not limited to just mothers; fathers can also develop postpartum depression, especially new fathers. The symptoms present the same as they do in mothers.
Risk factors for Postpartum Depression for men:
- History of Depression
- Relationship problems
- Struggling financially
Postpartum Anxiety commonly occurs alongside Postpartum Depression. But Postpartum Anxiety comes with its distinct symptoms.
Postpartum Anxiety symptoms include:
- Cannot feel relaxed
- A constant sense of worry
- Constant thoughts that something terrible will happen to the baby
- Decreased appetite
- Dizziness or nausea
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Treatment
Postpartum Depression or Anxiety can be treated through various options:
- Reach out to medical provider with PPD or PPA concerns
- Seek professional through Mental Health providers for Therapy or support from a Client Support Specialist
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2018, September 1). Postpartum depression. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved April 25, 2022, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20376617
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