Maybe you just gave birth to a beautiful baby, but you don’t feel the excitement that you expected. You have heard your friends talk about postpartum depression but you have not paid attention to it. Would you like to know what are the signs or symptoms that occur? and How do you know if you suffer from it?

What should you keep in mind?

The first thing to keep in mind is that to know if you have symptoms of postpartum depression , you don’t need to experience all the symptoms of depression out there. And it’s because postpartum depression and anxiety aren’t one-size-fits-all. That is, your experience may differ compared to that of another person with the same disease.

Women with PPD or anxiety experience symptoms of postpartum depression most of the time, ranging from 2 weeks to months or years after pregnancy.

The hidden signs of postpartum depression

The reality is that we all have bad days, and from time to time someone might show symptoms of depression . However, postpartum depression and anxiety go beyond just having a few bad days. Sometimes people with postpartum depression may have anxiety symptoms and vice versa. That is, you could have a bit of both, which is normal. Let’s look at 5 hidden signs of postpartum depression .

1. You feel overwhelmed

You may spend much of your time thinking, “I can’t do this and I will never be able to do it.” You might feel like just being a mom can’t be handled. And you may even ask yourself “What made me want to be a mom?” These questions may be necessary to modify and improve our role as mom, but if accompanied by feelings of guilt and feelings of no escape, they can be a clear sign of postpartum depression.

2. You have feelings of guilt

You think you should better handle being a mom and not being happy with who you are. You may feel that your baby deserves better than what you give him. It is also possible that you feel exaggerated concern for your baby , perhaps thinking that he is feeling unwell much of the time or that he is crying a lot. Also, you don’t feel that connection that you expected with him, you might even think that your baby would be better off without you. A clear sign that you are emotionally charged and need to find a way to release those emotions, for this you can count on the help of a friend or your partner who can support you, and also seek professional advice.

3. You don’t feel close to your baby

You do not have the feelings of a perfect mom that you have always seen on television or read in magazines or books. Sure, not all moms with postpartum depression feel that way, but most do. This feeling of detachment can reveal a marked depression in the new mother, and recovering that natural union should be a priority, since in addition to being a wonderful feeling, it is the most important moment in the child’s development.

4. Feelings of irritation

You feel that you have no patience, that everything bothers you. You may come to feel resentment towards your baby, your partner or your friends who do not have babies yet. You lose control due to rage . You feel emptiness and even a numbness that only gets better with movements. It gives you deep sadness, you cannot stop crying, although there are no apparent or real reasons to do so. You feel hopeless, with no way out, as if your situation is never going to improve.

5. You feel disconnected

You could feel isolated from the world as if you were an invisible wall. You see that you do everything right, you take your vitamins, you feel spiritually full, you exercise, but something is missing. You feel an emptiness within you that is not easy to describe, and you look around you and see that you have everything, but something is missing. This is a common symptom of postpartum depression, requiring consultation with a specialist who can guide you to find your way again.

Postpartum depression is more common than you think. You have already taken an important step and that is to seek information. Now do not keep what you feel, share it with your partner, your friends or family. That you vent is good, but even better is that after you do it you seek help from a professional in the field. If you do not know who to turn to, your GP will surely be willing to give you options. If you look for the right help in a matter of months you will feel renewed and you will find the real meaning of the word “mom”.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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