As a new mom, it's common to experience a range of emotions, including joy, excitement, and love, as well as stress, anxiety, and fatigue. It's also called as Postpartum depression. PPD stands for Postpartum Depression, which is a type of depression that can affect women after giving birth. It is a serious medical condition that can occur within the first few weeks after delivery, but can also develop up to a year after childbirth. Symptoms of PPD can include feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, and hopelessness, as well as changes in appetite and sleep patterns, loss of interest in activities, and difficulty bonding with the baby.
3 Types of Postpartum Depression:
The First Type: Postpartum depression (Baby Blue)
About 70% to 80% of new mothers will encounter this type of short-term depression. When a novice mother suffers a change in her life, she suddenly has to deal with her baby’s food, drink, and diarrhea 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Constipation problems, stitch removal pain, breast swelling, nipple pain, and postpartum depression are inevitable.
Symptoms: Crying for no reason, restlessness, anxiety, feeling alone, sad.
The Second Type: bipolar disorder (Moderate Depression)
This type of postpartum depression is very extreme but also common. About 20% of mothers will experience this moderate postpartum depression. Basically the symptoms are the same as in the first category, but last longer and are more severe. It usually occurs shortly after the baby is born and lasts for several weeks.
Symptoms: loss of appetite, loss of libido, insomnia, irritability, etc., accompanied by the symptoms of the first category.
The difference is that the first type of postpartum depression usually does not last for a long time. Although you will cry and have emotional ups and downs, it usually only lasts for a few days and then gets better, but the emotional ups and downs of bipolar disorder will be more intense, so The intense reaction it causes may affect your ability to function normally, but usually improves gradually over a few weeks.
The Third Type: Postpartum Psychosis (Postpartum Psychosis)
This type of postpartum depression is very rare, with an incidence rate of about 0.1% to 0.2%. Symptoms usually appear in the first two weeks postpartum and can continue with depression for several months. This type of depression is very similar to the symptoms of the first type, but postpartum psychosis is a completely different and serious mental illness.
alienation from family and friends, frustration, hallucinations, confusion, paranoia, difficulty getting along with the baby, attempts to harm oneself, and symptoms of postpartum psychosis that are more severe and, if not well treated, last longer than the other two categories Postpartum depression lasts longer. Currently, there is no specific test to diagnose postpartum depression. It is based on mothers honestly telling doctors about their feelings and psychological conditions. When a mother encounters severe postpartum depression, which has affected normal life, the doctor will propose appropriate treatment prescriptions according to the current situation.
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