Knowing the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression may save the life of a loved one. The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression are generally the same as for any kind of depression. However, postpartum women are often overly fearful, most usually without good cause, that their baby will be harmed.
As we discussed earlier, postpartum depression is divided into three different levels. The baby blues, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. We will examine the signs and symptoms of each level individually.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE BABY BLUES
The signs and symptoms of the baby blues usually appear within one to two days after delivery and can last for up to three weeks. The disorder is so common among new mothers that it is considered “normal". She may feel fine one minute and then burst into tears the next. Other signs and symptoms of the baby blues include lack of energy, loss of appetite, loss of sleep, anxiety, confusion, being overly concerned about physical changes, ie: weight loss, tearfulness, and having and a feeling of being overwhelmed.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
Postpartum depression appears in approximately 10 to 20 percent of women who give birth. Postpartum depression presents differently in each woman. A woman may be suffering from postpartum depression if she feels depressed, has a loss of interest in daily activities, and suffer from at least four of the following symptoms for a period of at least two continual weeks.
*Feeling of Hopelessness and helplessness
*Inability to sleep
*Changes in appetite
*a feeling of anxiety
*loss of or difficulty in concentrating
*panic attacks signaled by heart palpitations, tingling, numbness, or feelings of dread
*fear of harming self or baby
*disinterest in personal hygiene and appearance
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS
Postpartum psychosis is a rare but severe illness that affects one in every thousand women after giving birth. Psychosis is often referred to as “a break from reality" that occurs within three to ten days after birth.
The most obvious and blatant signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis are delusions and hallucinations. Besides experiencing delusions and hallucinations, the woman suffering from postpartum psychosis may also be extremely agitated, lose weight quickly without dieting or go long periods of time, more than 48 hours, without sleep.
Several of the signs and symptoms of the baby blues, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis are the same. If you are in doubt about which level of depression you are suffering contact your doctor immediately. I hope this article has been helpful. In my next article I will discuss the treatments of postpartum depression.
I am a postpartum depression survivor. I have fought the battle and won the war! I have loads of advice to give you on postpartum depression. Visit my website Postpartum Depression Information to access other postpartum depression information.