SIGNS ANY SYMPTOMS of PPDD
Loss of Appetite
Inability to Sleep
Intense Anger or Irritability
Diminished ability to Process Thoughts
Feelings of Worthlessness or Shame
Withdrawing from what you love
A rare condition but a very serious one.
***Please seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms***
Hallucinations (visual and or auditory)
Obsessive thoughts around baby
Attempts to harm yourself or baby
Fears that you will harm yourself or baby
When to See a Doctor or Medical Provider
As I stated earlier should you have ANY of the symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis please seek help immediately.
A recent study done by the National Institute of Mental Health has found that out of 10,000 women in this particular study, 14% tested positive for PPDD, of that 14%, almost 20% had thoughts of harming themselves.
Suicide accounts for 20% of postpartum deaths
It is the 2nd leading cause of mortality to postpartum women
Complications of PPDD
Mothers: Depressive period that can last several weeks, months even longer in some cases. There is a risk of development of chronic depressive disorder.
Fathers: Emotional Strain, risk of developing depression, fathers can be at risk even if their partner is not affected
Babies: More likely to have behavioral or emotional problems, such as ADHD, eating disorders as well as delays in language development.
The long and short of it is, this is an epidemic in our country. We stay silent out of fear of being judged. It is estimated that about 20% of women who have given birth experience some level of Postpartum Depression... However that is only what is actually reported. The estimation is that the number is actually close to 40%.
Ask for help.
This is a moment in time that will pass but you do not need to suffer alone.
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Author Michelle Moody
I lead a happy little life, where my mission is to spread love, empathy and healing through massage.