In Australia, a new baby is born every 1 minute and 44 seconds, and those women who just gave birth. Unfortunately, 10-15% of them might develop postnatal depression. While it’s quite common for some, however, talking about it still seems to be a taboo subject. After you’ve given birth, that’s when the postnatal depression starts to become apparent. When the issue isn’t addressed, you may continually plummet to depression and it may become harder for you to recover. If you’re not sure if you’re suffering from this type of condition, here are the signs of postnatal depression and how you can get help overcome it:
- Difficulty looking after the baby
One of the most obvious signs of postnatal depression is when you’re having troubles looking after your baby. You’ll most likely feel guilty for not being like other mothers who delight in their newborns because instead, you don’t feel motivated to play with your own baby.
Instead of confiding your feelings with your husband, you isolate yourself. You even stay away from your friends and other members of your family by severing communication or refusing to go out of the house.
- Neglecting oneself
Aside from neglecting your duties to your baby, you also forget to take care of yourself, even going as far as forgetting to take a shower for several days. This will ultimately manifest in your physical and mental health with either dryness or oiliness of skin, weight gain or weight loss, and a more sickly appearance.
You often tend to talk about worrying or being sad and you can’t think of anything else other than feeling hopeless about your current situation. You also tend to find yourself crying most of the time without knowing exactly why.
Not addressing this issue can take a toll on your overall mental health and this may even further strain the relationship that you have with your baby. When you start noticing the signs above, it is best that you begin to talk to your husband or with anyone that you trust in order for you to get a treatment with the issue at hand. You can find the right psychologists like Endeavour Wellness to help you with your situation and to guarantee your full recovery in no time. There is help, you can enjoy your new baby again.
Joel Curtis is a registered Psychologists with Endeavour Wellness and has over 17 years of experience. Joel holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychology from Western Sydney University. Joel owns a number of private practices in Sydney and provides expert content for several national TV and Radio programmes.