ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Do you have PostPartum Depression?

Updated on June 24, 2019
Miranda Scott profile image

Miranda is a mother of 3 who went through Postpartum Depression after her 3rd child.

Did you just have baby?

Postpartum Depression, Clinical Depression, and Major Depressive Disorder are all linked together. Postpartum Depression is a condition that can occur after childbirth. How soon does Postpartum Depression start after birth? It can start as soon as you give birth to your child. If you notice any of these symptoms you may have Postpartum Depression. If you have any of these symptoms please seek help immediately.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Frequent crying spells
  • Irritability
  • Feeling worthless
  • Staring
  • Feeling numb
  • Racing thought
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hard time concentrating
  • Unwanted thoughts
  • Insomnia (even when baby is sleeping)
  • or constantly sleeping
  • Loss of interest in doing things that you enjoyed
  • Poor concentration


How long does Postpartum Depression last? It can last a few weeks or even longer if you already have a mental illness such as Bipolar. People with Bipolar are more likely to get Postpartum Depression after giving birth. If you are having the symptom of suicidal thoughts then it is best to call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 for further help. Don't be ashamed to get help. It is better to get help rather than feel miserable.

Baby Blues

You can also mistake postpartum depression for the Baby Blues, which I am sure you have heard of before. If you have the Baby Blues do not worry. It does not last long and you usually do not need medication to recover. A few symptoms of the Baby Blues are.

  • Uncontrollable mood swings
  • Depression
  • The feeling of sadness
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent crying

What is the cause of the Baby Blues? Well, the exact cause has not been determined at this time. Scientists are still trying to figure out why this happens. Being overwhelmed with the new baby could be a cause of the Baby Blues. It does get stressful with a new baby in the home. Getting used to a routine of waking up all through the night to feed baby. You will be feeding your baby every 3 to 4 hours which for a lot of people can be pretty stressful, especially when your not getting enough rest.

What are the treatment options for Postpartum Depression?

There is hope for you! Don't think because of the way you are feeling that it can not be cured because it can in fact be cured and here are some treatment methods others have used.

  1. You could attend a support group therapy sessions and share you experience with others. Maybe you would like to talk to others about what your going through. You might find out that you are not the only one suffering. Others may even look to you for advice in their issues. By helping others, you can also help yourself.
  2. Behavioral Therapy. Maybe you don't like big groups. You might enjoy a one on one conversation with a professional. A therapist may just be right up your alley. Therapist can help you find way to cope with your depression and help you understand it better.
  3. Medications. There are many medications which are useful in helping Postpartum Depression. Lamictal being one of them. Lamictal is my recommendation of medications that help almost any type of depression. Lamictal will not help everyone. You may have to try different medications to find the right one fit for you. Everyone's body is dunique and take medicines differently. If you are interested in taking Lamictal please talk to your doctor, so they can tell you all the side effects. Taking Lamictal incorrectly can lead to a rash called Stevens Johnson Syndrome which is a life threatening rash.
  4. Self help. If medication is not for you, then you could also try home remedies. Natural medicines such as
  • CBD oil, CBD vape juice, CBD lotion.
  • You could also try aromatherapy. I find that aromatherapy has a lot of benefits. There are aromatherapy diffusers that you may enjoy. If you would like aromatherapy on the go then you could also try a aromatherapy necklace or bracelet.
  • Read books. Something to take your mind off of things
  • Good nutrition, eating and drinking healthy can make your body feel better as if it has more energy. Lord knows we all need more energy!
  • Exercise daily. This one might be a little tough since you probably just delivered your child. If your able to exercise then please do so for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. If you can go longer then go longer. Exercise is a necessity of a healthy lifestyle, mentally and physically. Start from the outside in for a better mental health.
  • Go for a walk. Sometimes the fresh air is all you need to perk up your spirits.
  • Take long relaxing baths with bath bombs or epsom salts. Maybe turn on some of your favorite tunes while you enjoy your bath. If you recently had your baby then you may not be able to take a bath, that okay. I have more options for you.
  • Get breaks from taking care of child. Ask someone you trust to watch them for a few hours.
  • Get a little help with housework
  • Take a break from work
  • Avoid stressful situations

It may take some time for any of these self help remedies to work depending on the severity of you Postpartum Depression. The medication option is the quickest way to get help. The medications will take about a month to get into your system and start helping you whereas the self help options could take longer than one month to help.

I am not a professional in the medical career. I am speaking from personal experience. Please check in with your medical provider for further help with your Postpartum Depression.

Thanks for Reading!


© 2019 Miranda Scott

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      kkristy48 

      2 weeks ago

      Postpartum depression (PPD) quiz. Depression is common in women after having a baby. But many new moms don't get help because they're ashamed of how they feel, or they dismiss their feelings as normal moodiness or fatigue after childbirth. ... If you think you might be depressed, take this quiz.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)