If you just had a baby and are feeling less than ecstatic, don’t despair you’re not alone. 80% of all mothers experience postpartum depression of one form or another. However, most of them usually get over normal ‘baby blues’ in a few days or at most a couple of weeks. Some symptoms include a low level of irritability or sadness and have trouble sleeping. Doctors are of the opinion that it’s perfectly normal.
Some women however take longer to recover and suffer more severe symptoms. They exhibit suicidal tendencies, frequent bouts of crying sleep disturbance, weight loss, a feeling of guilt and a general lack of interest in their surroundings
A small number of women suffer from a condition called postpartum psychosis. It’s a grave condition and results in hallucination, delusion and obsessive thoughts particularly involving the baby. It’s very important to seek immediate medical help if you or anyone close to you exhibits any of these symptoms.
Source: Health GuruFirst Published: Aug 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM