Do you struggle with postpartum depression? Are you a parent wondering what the difference is between the normal baby blues and PPD? Are you not feeling like yourself during pregnancy or after recently giving birth? In today’s episode, licensed psychotherapist Frank Sasso, discusses 5 ways his wife coped with postpartum depression.
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There is a lot of confusion in our society between the normal baby blues and what’s commonly referred to as PPD. Left untreated, Postpartum disorders can have serious consequences on both the mother as well as the development of the child.
According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, between 50% and 80% of new mothers experience mood swings for a few weeks after giving birth. This can include difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, and crying outbursts. When these symptoms last longer than two weeks, it may be a perinatal or postpartum problem. Left untreated, a PMAD, can lead to OCD or sometimes psychosis.
There are many actions mothers can take to address the problem. The first step is to talk to your doctor to get an assessment. From there, your physician can help you to create an action plan to cope with the symptoms.