Postpartum Depression needs to be spoken about more
Following the news of Anthony Bourdain’s tragic suicide last week, more celebrities are bringing light to mental health issues. In reaction to the news, actress Chrissy Teigen tweeted this about her experience with postpartum depression.
“It really can be a lonely hole… I was just so deeply sad with myself and feeling worthless and useless and helpless.”
This follows after tennis superstar Serena Williams’ reveals her own battle with postpartum depression in a July issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
“I think people need to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, it’s part of the pregnancy,” Williams explains. “I remember one day, I couldn’t find Olympia’s bottle and I got so upset I started crying … because I wanted to be perfect for her.”
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that affects women shortly after childbirth. 15% to 20% of women experience postpartum depression. Many women experience the “baby blues”, feelings such as worry, sadness, anxiety and tiredness. With postpartum depression, these feelings are more extreme and may interfere with a woman’s ability to care for herself or her family. Because of the severity of the symptoms, postpartum depression doesn’t go away on its own.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
- Crying more often than usual or for no apparent reason
- Feelings of anger, hopelessness, or emptiness
- Feeling moody, irritable, anxious, restless
- Withdrawing from loved ones
- Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby
- Worrying that you will hurt the baby or yourself
- Feeling guilty about not being a good mom or doubting your ability to care for your baby
PPD and PPP are treatable
In more severe and rare cases, women can develop postpartum psychosis (PPP). Extreme symptoms, such as delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia are present in this condition.
Both PPD and PPP are treatable conditions but require professional help. Often, family members and friends are the first to recognize the symptoms of postpartum depression. If you believe someone is suffering from postpartum depression, encourage her to talk to her healthcare provider right away. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call us. Having a baby is a wonderful gift and you deserve to enjoy those early moments with your baby. New mothers need special attention, probably the highest form of compassion.
Don’t suffer in silence. A new life has just begun for your child and can for you too. Let us help!