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Postpartum Depression (Baby Blues)

The birth of a child can be a very exciting event. With all the happiness that comes after waiting all those months for them to arrive. In some women this birth can trigger some very powerful emotions ranging from happiness to anxiety/depression. Some women have mood swings and milder symptoms but others experience depression in the weeks and even months following childbirth.

Postpartum depression has been linked to the sudden change in hormones that follow pregnancy, added to the sudden overwhelming responsibility of caring for a new baby.

Thoughts of suicide can also appear during this tumultuous time, so it is important to seek help if you think you might have postpartum depression.

Researchers have found that many women who suffer from postpartum depression had experienced previous depressive episodes earlier in life, possibly even during pregnancy. By being honest with your doctor about what you are feeling during pregnancy, you can prepare yourself and your healthcare professionals for the possibility of postpartum depression after childbirth, avoiding further exacerbation of problems.

Some symptoms are :

  • Insomnia
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Lack of joy in life
  • Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Severe mood swings
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

If you feel overwhelmed or are having these symptoms after having a baby, see you doctor, and feel free to call the Centre for Human Potential for assistance in seeing a Brisbane Psychologist.

Lisa Kunde | CFHP
Lisa Kunde

Lisa Kunde has ten years experience working as a psychologist with adults in both private and public hospital settings (oncology, palliative care, chronic pain, cardio-pulmonary, psychiatric and alcohol and other drugs units).

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