The Truth About Postpartum Depression

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by Nicole on February 10, 2011 · 0 comments

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Postpartum depression is becoming more and more commonly talked about, which is helping to free thousands of women from the clutches of this emotionally damaging disease. If you are in the first months after giving birth to a new baby, you may struggle with the “baby blues.” This is normal, as your body’s hormone levels regulate and you deal with sleep deprivation. However, what is not normal is an ongoing sense of foreboding, despair, and general restlessness. Single moms often struggle the most with getting help, because they are on their own and may not realize how bad the depression is getting. Here are some things to look for to help you know whether or not you need to get help.

If you are regularly struggling with tearfulness, a feeling of hopelessness, or an empty feeling inside, you may have depression. If you cannot enjoy your baby and everything else around you, consider getting help. Other signs of the disease include appetite and weight changes, not including the normal weight changes after pregnancy, thoughts of death or suicide, thoughts of harming your baby, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, inability to sleep, and extreme fatigue.

If you notice an ongoing problem with these issues, tell your doctor. Getting help can be as simple as a medication that regulates the chemicals in your brain so you can better deal with the fluctuations your body is going through. Some women will also need counseling, and this is not a bad idea as you struggle to balance the life of a single mom with the constant needs of a newborn.

Postpartum depression is not something to be ashamed of. Asking for help is the best possible thing you can do for yourself and your new baby. After all, doesn’t he deserve a mom who is whole, both on the inside and out?

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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