You took all the classes to prepare in becoming a parent, all the baby clothes have been washed, the nursery is ready, the baby has finally arrived and you suddenly feel detached, sad, angry and overwhelmed with worry. You want to yell at everyone who says, “Isn’t it the best?” as you stare at the clock hoping baby will finish eating soon. You love your new child, but you can’t help thinking, “Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe I’m not cut out for this.” You feel like a prisoner instead of the joyful mom you thought you would be. If this sounds like you, chances are you might have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. The good news is recovery is possible!
Some signs of postpartum depression and anxiety include:
- Sadness, anger, exhaustion, nervousness, feeling out of control or overwhelmed
- Difficulty sleeping or eating
- Fears or scary thoughts that don’t go away
- Feeling anxious or insecure, and nervous about being alone
Are you currently pregnant? Here are some risk factors for postpartum depression:
- Difficulty asking for help.
- Feeling sad, angry or cranky before periods.
- History of depression or anxiety in the past.
- Depression or anxiety with past pregnancies.
- A family member who was depressed or very nervous after her baby was born.
- Feeling a decreased need for sleep, have lots of ideas and it’s hard to slow down.
- Family lives far away and you feel lonely.
- Lack of social support from nearby friends.
- Being pregnant right now and not feeling happy about it.
- Lack of money, food, or housing.
There is hope. The sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you can begin feeling better.
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