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Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Chayanika Sen
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Created by Chayanika Sen
Updated on Apr 10, 2018

Postpartum Mood Anxiety Disorders

Postpartum mood and anxiety disorder is generally used as a synonym for post natal depression. A woman’s body undergoes a lot of changes after delivery. These changes may have a huge bearing on her attitude towards self and others.

Symptoms of Postnatal Depression Or Anxiety Disorder

Postpartum anxiety or depression generally sets in within the first year of child birth. A few symptoms of postpartum depression are as discussed below. Presence of all these conditions is not necessary for diagnosis of postpartum mood and anxiety disorder. The condition may be said to be existent even if a few of these are being experienced by the woman after child birth.

  • Feeling of worthlessness. The new mother may undergo a feeling of inability to handle the new born. It may also result in regret regarding becoming a mommy
  • A sense of one being inefficient when it comes to handling the new born. Postpartum anxiety disorder may cause inability to relax and the new mother may get paranoid about everything linked to the baby
  • Inability to bond with the baby
  • Thoughts of harming oneself or the new born
  • Everything around may be irritating. Postnatal phase may have the new mother lose all her patience
  • Restlessness, tensions or feeling of being on the edge all the time
  • Lack of sleep, loss of appetite or inability of concentrate
  • Avoiding situations anticipating that something wrong would happen

Also Read: 11 ways on how this mom dealt with separation Anxiety

Types Of Postnatal Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders may vary from woman to woman and in most cases can be treated with proper medical help. It should be ensured that there should not be delay in seeking medical intervention if symptoms are observed.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder-

    This is to do with anxiety about different aspects of everyday life and this condition generally persists over a considerable long period of time
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder-

    Thoughts or fears regarding which the new mommy may get obsessed. Such mothers may typically repeat acts like checking for baby’s breathing and heart beat at regular intervals
  • Panic disorder-

    These may result in instances when the mother may get intense feelings and panic as a result of not being able to handle situations
  • Social phobia-

    Where the new mommy may avoid moving out socially because of a fear of being criticized by others
  • Specific phobia-

    This may be a fear of undergoing certain situations or working with certain objects

Treatment Of Postnatal Anxiety Disorder

A wide range of effective and safe approaches are now available for treatment of postpartum anxiety and mood disorders.

  • Personal history of the patient would be of utmost importance while deciding on the type of treatment being resorted to
  • Severity of anxiety condition at the time of seeking help is also to be accorded consideration
  • Support counselling consisting of practical as well emotional support generally proves to be very helpful where the extent of anxiety is not very severe. This is generally resorted to where the new mother experiences few of the above mentioned symptoms but realizes that she needs help and care to improve her everyday life and is open to talk and adopt measures as suggested
  • Mild to moderate anxiety disorders may also be treated by adopting psychological treatments like Cognitive behavior therapy or Inter personal therapy. These sessions are generally conducted by medical experts who are trained health care professionals
  • If the extent of anxiety is in the range of moderate to severe, medications may have to be used to get situation under control. This could consist of use of antidepressant medications. Benzodiazepines are specialized strong medications which are used to treating sever post natal mood and anxiety disorders

Related Reads

Understanding and tackling Postpartum depression.

Signs Of Postpartum Depression- Loneliness, Feeling Fat And Sore

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| Apr 17, 2018

I am also going through the same situation. Now will definitely going to seek medical advise.

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| Apr 11, 2018

we.

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| Apr 11, 2018

I am having medications for PPA.. it happens.. I strongly advice all mothers suffering from post partum anxiety/depression to seek medical help.. you do get cured with medicine..

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| Apr 11, 2018

i have gone through this situation after the birth of my second baby... first was born still at 8th month. i was so scared to handle the baby on my own ...due to this fear i hired a maid to take care for my baby.. loss of apetite... blaming my self for not being able to care for a baby. anger and getting irritated and panic at her crying. but once my baby started taking breast feed. all depresssion was gone.

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| Apr 11, 2018

Even i m going under such situations

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| Apr 11, 2018

me too experienced

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| Apr 11, 2018

hi.... parents..... is banana.... good for... 6month bsby

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| Apr 10, 2018

True. All this happens. Thanks for highlighting this. Great blog.

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| Apr 10, 2018

This is good information for me. Thanks for writing the blog.

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| Apr 10, 2018

All this had happened with me too! Thanks for sharing the blog!

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