There is more than one kind of postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is not uncommon, but unfortunately, not many people understand very much about it. There are actually different forms of postpartum depression, and in our last blog, we went over the least severe form, which is called the baby blues. Today, our nurse midwife in Bradenton will be going over the other two common forms of postpartum depression:
#2. Postpartum Depression
Although this is the term used to describe all forms of postpartum depression, this is the only form that is actually named for it. This is the second most severe form, and approximately 15% of all new mothers will experience it. The symptoms of postpartum depression can occur as early as a few days after delivery to as late as a full year after delivery, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some of the symptoms of postpartum depression include fatigue, a loss or interest in your baby, thoughts of hurting your baby or yourself, trouble eating and/or sleeping, feelings of worthlessness and guilt and withdrawing from friends and family. The symptoms will typically last for 2 weeks or more.
#3. Postpartum Psychosis
Postpartum psychosis is the rarest and most severe form of postpartum depression. An estimated 1 to 2 women out of every 1,000 will experience postpartum psychosis. The onset of postpartum psychosis is usually very severe and sudden, and it usually starts to occur within 2 to 3 weeks after giving birth. Symptoms of postpartum psychosis are defined by a removal from reality, and they can include suicidal thoughts, bizarre behaviors, hallucinations/delusions, rapid mood swings, hyperactivity and thoughts of hurting your baby.
If you are suffering from any of the forms of postpartum depression that we’ve gone over, contact us. Our nurse midwife can get you the help you need.