Understanding How Long Does Postpartum Depression Last
As we know, postpartum depression can start anytime. The first year after you’ve had your baby and the amount of time, it’s going to last will depend on when you seek treatment, and what kind of treatment you’re receiving.
You may get medication for it, or you may need medication and therapy. It kind of depends on the severity of it. Now if I don’t know when you had your baby or what kind of issues you’re having, but you should know that, if you’re having issues the first six weeks after your delivery that’s normal. That’s called postpartum blues.
And that affects everyone who’s had a baby, because your hormones are shifting. Then it takes at least about that amount of time for your body to kind of get back to normal.
So, you may feel teary anxious have you know moments of depression and that’s all normal, and should go away by about six weeks. After that point if you start to have these feelings, or if you have panic attacks severe anxiety, if you have severe irritability and anger episodes maybe you’re resentful of your baby to the point where you don’t want to care for them.
And you’re having a hard time bonding, or you know, worst case scenario you’re having a issue with wanting to hurt yourself or your baby.
Those are all things that need to be addressed immediately, so if it’s within the first six weeks then call the doctor who or the care provider who delivered you and after six weeks.
Then you’ll just want to talk to your primary care physician and they can help you with those issues, but it is something you definitely need to get addressed. Because postpartum depression is just like a disease, like diabetes.
It needs treatment and you can’t overcome it on your own, and it is normal to be in denial that you’re having it. And try to cope with it on your own to the point.
Where you get frustrated and maybe even more depressed because what you’re doing isn’t working. So seek help, and know that you are normal ten percent of women do get postpartum depression.
They just don’t walk around with signs on them. Saying that they have issues with it. I hope that everything goes well for you
Five common misconceptions about postpartum depression
Here are the five common misconceptions about postpartum depression.
What it looks like postpartum depression and how we diagnose it? And today we’re here to talk about the misconceptions.
1. Postpartum Depression makes you become a bad mother
Something is totally wrong with you. You think, you should have the glow and be so excited, but that is just not true.
Having postpartum depression has a lot to do with the chemical imbalance in our brain. Obviously like everything in psychology. It’s theorized, because we can’t cut open a human brain that’s working and see what’s actually happening.
But what we know that when we have a baby, our hormones shift. And we have a fluctuation that can cause us to feel irritable, sad, and angry.
You can struggle to connect with our baby, and none of that makes you a bad mother. All that means is that you really need to reach out for help and support.
Because you know the number one thing if you get support early and talk about it early. It actually goes away much more quickly. That doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad mother, that just means that you were struggling with depression.
When we have a baby, we have a dramatic drop in two key hormones, estrogen and Progesterone. And that’s a mouthful. Not to mention any of the hormones that are produced through your thyroid.
Those also have a steep drop, that can leave us feeling sluggish, tired, agitated, and depressed.
2. You carry all the time, and you cannot care yourself
The truth of it is that postpartum depression doesn’t always present itself as sadness, lethargy, and crying.
For many people, they can feel very agitated and almost irritable. A lot of the moms that they lash out at their spouse or loved one or even at their mother who’s there trying to help them, because they just feel so icky. A lot of other people will say it feels like anxiety.
So, know that postpartum depression doesn’t always look and feel one way. If you feel any number of these symptoms, and I”m looking at my notes because there’s a lot of symptoms.
Make sure you reach out to your doctor or a professional, because getting help sooner rather than later is key.
3. That postpartum depression will just go away over time if we just ignore it.
It wouldn’t that be nice. You wouldn’t even have a job; shit would just go away. We know that’s not true. Postpartum depression actually can turn into chronic depression if it’s not treated.
And a lot of mothers will feel terrible about having it, like something’s wrong with them. Something is bad. I shouldn’t had children.
Like we go back to misconception number one, so they won’t tell anybody because they feel shameful about it. But what we know is if immediately once you start these symptoms, you talk to our doctor, or talk to your therapist.
That’s why this is usually the first person that you’ll see when you go for your first round of checkups. Let them know that you’ve been feeling a little down, a little sad. Because if we treat it, (snaps) it can go away.
Then you actually get the help and support that you need versus ignoring it thinking it’s going to go away.
4. Postpartum depression happens immediately after birth.
I’s not true. It usually, a lot of people experience what we call baby blues. Now the baby blues are very very common. Even more common than postpartum depression, and that usually lasts about from two or three days after giving birth and ends about two weeks after giving birth.
So, we have kind of that period of time for our body to kind of regulate as the hormones are dropping, and that is also very common. But postpartum depression happens after that point. After two weeks and can start anytime within the first year after having a child.
That’s a long open window for it to occur, so know that and think about that until your child turns 1. If you feel yourself pulled into a depressive episode reach out for help.
5. The postpartum depression is all your fault.
That’s just not true. We know that our hormones are shifting, and we know that having a baby is really stressful.
Often we’re very sleep-deprived. They even talk about the red flags leading up to postpartum depression, in being having a really tough pregnancy.
Maybe you had horrible morning sickness, or maybe you had horrible complications, or maybe your relationship was on the rocks, because it was so stressful. A lot of things can happen that are sort of like warning signs to postpartum depression.
It’s not all your fault. Nothing is wrong with you. It is very very common, and the truth of it is the more we talk about it. Why it’s so common? And the shame and guilt and I’m a bad mother and all these misconceptions will slowly dissipate and go away.
What’s something that you or someone you loved went through, so that we can all share in the knowledge, right.