Symptoms of Postpartum Depression


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Postpartum Depression

Dr. Carol Lynn Childers concurrently serves Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare and Healthcare Alternative Systems as a consulting psychiatrist. In her practice, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers works with patients who undergo postpartum depression.

Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal about 20 percent of women experience postpartum depression symptoms while pregnant or at any time after childbirth. This condition results from a combination of changes, not only physically and emotionally, but also chemically, socially, and psychologically. New mothers with postpartum depression may experience the following:

Abnormal sleeping habits. A new mom with postpartum depression may have trouble sleeping or may excessively spend all her time in bed. She may not be able to rest even when the baby is sleeping or at the time she is supposed to, no matter how tiring her day was. Or she may struggle to stay awake, preventing her from performing daily tasks.

Frequent mood changes. A new mom experiencing postpartum depression may experience an overwhelming feeling of guilt as a result of being worried, confused, scared, impatient, irritated, and angry. She may feel worthless, hopeless, and helpless, and may think of hurting herself or someone else.

With early diagnosis, postpartum depression can be dealt with through proper medication and counseling.