Postpartum Depression affects a large number of new moms and most people don't even realize what is going on until they are deep in their depression. Parents expect to be tired, irritable and overwhelmed when a new baby arrives, however, for some moms the symptoms go far beyond what is expected.
Moms with Postpartum Depression believe that they are awful parents and not up to the job of looking after their own child. They often have extreme nightmares that end with the child being hurt or dying and the mother blaming themselves. Those moms battling this particular type of depression can be affected with the same dark, suicidal thoughts that those with major and chronic depression often have.
If you suspect that you or your partner are suffering from Postpartum Depression it is best to get medical and professional help as soon as possible. A combination of medications, therapy, and some self-help treatments such as exercise can help new moms feel like themselves again.
This type of depression is often short-term and quick treatment can end the symptoms quickly and you may never experience them again. Postpartum Depression can have a bad effect on all relationships and it can be particularly bad for the child and the moms' partner. Sadness, being overwhelmed, being quick to anger, brain fog, and dark thoughts are symptoms of depression and they are not part of the normal newborn experience. Mom's with postpartum depression will often find themselves crying for no reason and feel hopeless about the future with their child.
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