Postpartum depression has long been misunderstood- and misdiagnosed- but that seems to be changing. Many more women are talking about their own experiences in the hopes of helping other women, and many more doctors are learning to recognize and take seriously the signs. Even still, the problem remains serious. That’s because 1 in 7 women suffer from it- but only 15 percent are treated for it. Postpartum depression in new mothers is nothing unusual. However, not recognizing the symptoms and living in denial is not uncommon.
There is a constellation of signs that can help caregivers and loved ones alike learn to recognize if new mothers are struggling. Those include anxiety, sadness, difficulties with sleep, and lack of connection, among others.
Because of the danger to the mother, and to her child or children, it’s important to get women the help they need when postpartum depression strikes. Professional help, help at home, and self-care are all incredibly important for women. This helpful infographic explains postpartum depression and what women and loved ones can do to save themselves from it.
Recognize these 7 signs and symptoms of postpartum depression:
All these signs can be unexplained, strike a new mother at any given time, can come unexpected (without any warning), and may have a devastating effect on her and the family!
1. Irritation, anger, or rage
3. Lack of connection
5. Sleep problems
6. Lack of concentration
Things you can do to deal better with it:
1. Better sleep can improve postpartum depression
2. Stop putting pressure on yourself
3. Focus on getting to know your baby
4. Maternity leave doesn’t mean you have to tackle house projects
5. Seek professional help
6. Ask for help at home
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