Do you know what are the reasons behind irritability, anger, sadness weeping spells, negligence about the up bring of neonate and relationship problems with family specially spouse, which a newly mother has to face.

It is frequently observed that the attitude of the society (including initial relation’s circle and other) is critical and none cooperative. It is generally thought that the new mother is hunted with some evil spirits or her complaints are just fake, and she is pretending and in reality she is not facing such things. Actually it is due to lack of knowledge we perceive in this way, in fact it is because of hormonal changes which occurs in new mothers. This period is called postpartum.

Shumaila-BatoolMiss Shumaila Batoolis completed Masters in Clinical Psychology, DCCP (Diploma in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy), and internship from Mayo Hospital. She did her research on Autism in which the main focus was the effect of behavior modification techniques. She participated in various workshops, such as, ADHD, Stress Management in students, REBT, CBT, Awareness of HIV/AIDS and Time Management.

Editor: Samreen Masud

It is a period that begins immediately after women gives birth and lasts for approximately, six weeks. During this time quite noticeable changes occur. Postpartum onset includes fluctuations in mood, mood liability and preoccupation with infant’s well-being, the intensity of which may range from over concern to frank delusions (thought problem). The presence of sever ruminations or delusional thoughts about the infant is associated with a significantly increased risk of harm to the infant. There are two common types of postpartum onset, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.


Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It is a treatable psychiatric illness that affects about 13% of women after giving birth. It can be develop anywhere from a few weeks to a year after delivery but its most common in the first three months of postpartum. It is a very real psychiatric condition that is not caused by weakness or some personal flaw.


Post partum depression can be hard to spot, because the moodiness and other symptoms are similar to the “Baby Blue”.  Baby Blue is a short time state that affects up to 70% of new mothers. In a week or two after getting pregnant a woman can experience baby blues. They are considered to be normal. In baby blues anxiety, irritation; crying spells and restlessness are common. Hormonal changes which occur after baby birth are the major reason of baby blues. When hormonal levels become normal, mother starts feeling better. Baby blues are absolutely normal experience for a mother. These symptoms almost always go away soon without any treatment. Postpartum depression may occur when the baby blue does not go away and when signs and symptoms of depression start within one or more than one month after childbirth. Treatment of Postpartum depression is necessary because it get in the way of a mother ability to take care of her child. With the help of treatment and good support a new mother can get a hold on the happiness of motherhood.