Motherhood is often socially associated to a time of fullness, in which everything works great and when the process of adaptation to the baby lives with total enthusiasm and happiness. However, there is a phenomenon that is quite undervalued one of the many existing forms of depression, and is called postpartum depression.
After birth it is common for mothers to go through a period of two weeks in which are somewhat depressed by various factors of various kinds. In these weeks the mother is common experience sleep problems, mood swings and a slight feeling of anxiety.
Generally, this period can be overcome without problems as the mother adapts to the care of the newborn. But if these problems do not disappear we may find a case of postnatal depression.
This depression has many ways to manifest, and as all depressions, these manifestations vary from person to person and from the context that mothers are living at the time of delivery.
Some symptoms of postnatal depression are experiencing a permanent sadness, feelings of guilt without explicit cause, not have fun with anything, irritability, anxiety, extreme tiredness and fatigue, sleep problems, eating disorders, rejection of the baby, etc.
These problems are very serious, and if not treated properly can be dragged to the year in duration. Treatment of postpartum depression is diverse, and there are many guidelines in favor of some and against others who generally tend to be contradictory. Many times in cases like this is a useful option to tie to scientific knowledge. In the next post of Makeufits talk about a study that may guide the decision on which treatment to choose.
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