Some women feel conflicted about their changes identity and new responsibility. Risk factors to having postpartum onset include:
- Under age 20
- Currently abuse of alcohol
- Family history
- Having relationship problem with significant persons
- Financial problems
- Lack of support from family, friends and spouse.
- Had stressful events during the pregnancy or delivery or personal illness
- Death or illness of a love one,
- A difficult or emergency delivery, premature delivery or illness or birth defect in the baby.
There is no single test to diagnose postpartum onset. Diagnosis is based on the symptoms you describe to your doctor. Many new mothers feel embarrassed or ashamed and keep it to themselves, but having postpartum depression doesn’t make you a bad mother. Help is available and there no reason to suffer.
Women with postpartum depression should have blood test to screen for medical causes of depression.
The treatment for postpartum onset after birth includes:
Medication and psychotherapy are both important. Medication plays a vital role in postpartum onset’s treatment. Whether or not you are breast feeding will play a role in what medicine your doctor recommends. You may be recommended to a mental health specialist.
Psychological treatment includes: Talk therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy and Interpersonal therapy
Apart from therapeutic work, the following tips can be helpful:
- Talk about your feelings with your family, friends and specially spouse.
- Don’t try to be perfect.
- Rest as much as you can
- Match your & your baby’s sleep timing
- Join support group talk with other mothers
- Visits friends
- Accept help from family & friends.
- Maintain diet & exercise
The biggest challenge a woman will face in her life is ‘Adjusting’ to new motherhood. It’s normal to become upset. But with the right help you can feel better. Be a mother’s very beautiful feelings. So don’t let depression to spoil these feelings.