The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression are more intense compared to postpartum baby blues. Symptoms usually begin within the first few weeks after giving birth, although they may take up to six months to develop in other cases.
Symptoms include: severe mood swings, excessive crying, difficulty bonding with the baby, withdrawn attitude, insomnia, overwhelming fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, reduced ability to think clearly ,severe anxiety and panic attacks and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
Postpartum psychosis usually develops within the first week of delivery. Signs and symptoms include: condusion, disorientation, obsessive thoughts about the baby, hallucinations and delusions, paranoia and attempts to harm oneself or the baby.
Postpartum treatment on the other hand requires treatment. Treatments range from psychotherapy to administration of antidepressants.
Precaution should be taken when administering antidepressants since they can enter the breast milk and this may cause side effects in a baby who is being breastfed. If postpartum depression is treated adequately, it can disappear within six months.
Treatment should be continued even when patients begin to feel better to prevent chronic depression from developing.
Postpartum psychosis requires immediate treatment in the hospital. A combination of medications including antidepressants, antipsychotic and mood stabilizers can be used to reduce signs and symptoms.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be recommended for patients who fail to respond to medications. ECT is a treatment in which a small electric current is used to produce brain waves similar to those that occur during a seizure.
The chemical changes in the brain cam reduce symptoms of psychosis and depression.
If postpartum depression is not treated , it can lead to poor mother-child bonding and can lead to family problems.
Women with postpartum depression may develop a chronic depressive disorder while children may have emotional and behavioral problems like sleeping and eating difficulties, excessive crying and attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Some children may even have de;ays in language development. Fathers are at a risk of developing depression if the mother is depressed.
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