Thu. Mar 30th, 2023

Sometimes called the ‘Baby Blues,’ Post Partum Depression may be broken down into 3 categories. Before we dig more deeply into these, I think an overview is a good idea.

To begin with, the exact cause of Post Partum Depression isn’t clear. So we’re off to a good start straightaway, aren’t we? Nevertheless, although we aren’t concerning ourselves with the treatment of the illness in this article, we will discuss it in the future. Suffice to say that it is eminently treatable.

However, hormonal changes could play a great part, as could a past history of depression, either with the patient or her family. Thyroid levels also tend to run wild, and these could well affect a woman’s mood swings and energy levels.

Now let’s have a look at the 3 categories of the illness and in doing so, we’ll see just how serious they can be.

1. What I’ll call Post Partum Depression, or PPD in Ordinary. If PPD’s going to strike you, then this is the one you want. It’s no walk in the park, but usually medical attention isn’t required.

The symptoms are sudden mood swings, ranging from the euphoric to the sad and depressed states. Hopefully, it’ll last for just a few hours, but it may go on for a week or two.

2. Post Part Depression. It’s the big sister of the first one we’ve just described and is considerably more serious. It may occur after the birth of any child, not just the first one.

On top of the mood swings and other complications, you may suffer Anhedonia, which is the inability to enjoy the hobbies or pastimes that once gave you such pleasure. So if you liked playing the piano, the instrument will sit there in silence. If a craftswoman, you’ll view your tools almost with distaste.

You’ll find yourself irritable and restless and the woman you once were has flown the coop, leaving in her place someone who’s ability to function normally is now a thing of the past.

These wretched symptoms may last for a year, and although it isn’t vitally necessary, you’d be wise to place yourself in the care of a doctor.

Now we come to number 3. This is definitely the worst of the lot, and is called Post Partum Psychosis.

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