12 signs of postpartum depression
Postpartum depression is a dangerous conditioning plaguing 13 percent of pregnant women and new mothers.
If symptoms last longer than two weeks following the birth of a baby, the mother needs to discuss her feelings with her doctor who may refer her to a mental health professional.
When seeking a diagnosis or treatment for postpartum depression, make sure to check references, insurance and licensure of the mental health professional. Here are some of the symptoms:
- Restlessness or moodiness
- Sadness, hopelessness and the feeling of being overwhelmed
- Frequent crying
- Lacking energy or motivation
- Eating too little or too much
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Trouble focusing or making decisions
- Memory problems
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Headaches, aches and pains, or stomach problems that don't go away