If you are considering hurting yourself, please call 1-800-273-TALK

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

If you have had a child in the past year and are feeling somewhat down, you may be asking yourself if you are experiencing postpartum depression. Though depression can manifest itself in different ways, here are some things to look for:

Difficulty concentrating
Do you find it hard to focus on a specific task? Are you able to follow along in a conversation? Some women struggle to complete everyday chores like folding laundry, taking a shower, or running errands.

Low self-esteem
Have you lost confidence in yourself? Do you believe you are able to take care of yourself and your baby? Do you feel good about your body? If you are struggling with these things, depression may be affecting your self-esteem.

Apathy and social withdrawal
Have you stopped attending a class or social event you used to love? Do you avoid conversations and interactions with your family and friends? Women with postpartum depression often isolate themselves from others.

Negative feelings
Do you feel anxious, angry, worthless, or guilty? Are you overwhelmed with everything you have to do as a new mom? Do you feel a lot of stress because of the financial pressure you may be under? Are you afraid of what your life will become now that you are a mother? Do you think about killing yourself?

Physical changes
Do you struggle to sleep at night, or are you sleeping all the time? Have your eating habits changed for the worse? Are you losing a lot of weight quickly? Have you lost interest in taking care of yourself (i.e., showering, brushing your hair, etc.)?

Substance abuse
Have you been drinking too much? Are you taking illegal drugs or too many prescription medications?

Negative feelings towards the baby
Do you think about giving your baby away? Do you believe your child would be better off with someone else? Are you angry at the changes your child may have had on the relationship you have with your partner? Do you want to harm your child?

If you are experiencing these things, know that there are steps you can take to manage your depression and come out on top of it.


No comments yet.

Add a comment