something that I ever expected to deal with. I've never had any kind of depression. Lately, though, some things have made me think that I should look into it. When I was talking to my husband today about the possibility, I decided just to see what the symptoms are. When I looked them up, I immediately burst into tears. I fit nearly all of the symptoms listed, including every one of the "baby blue" symptoms that they say should have faded by now (6 months postpartum). It was oddly relieving to see that there is (more than likely- I haven't been to the doctor yet) an answer to why I've felt like this. I'll be calling my doctor tomorrow to make an appointment.
Did you have postpartum depression/psychosis?
Here's an excerpt from the Mayo Clinic page:
Baby blues symptoms
Signs and symptoms of the baby blues — which last only a few days to a week or two — may include:
- Mood swings
- Decreased concentration
- Trouble sleeping
Postpartum depression symptoms
Postpartum depression may appear to be the baby blues at first — but the signs and symptoms are more intense and longer lasting, eventually interfering with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks. Postpartum depression symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- 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
Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.
With postpartum psychosis — a rare condition that typically develops within the first two weeks after delivery — the signs and symptoms are even more severe. Signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis may include:
- Confusion and disorientation
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Attempts to harm yourself or your baby
When to see a doctor
If you're feeling depressed after your baby's birth, you may be reluctant or embarrassed to admit it. But it's important to call your doctor if the signs and symptoms of depression have any of these features:
- Don't fade after two weeks
- Are getting worse
- Make it hard for you to care for your baby
- Make it hard to complete everyday tasks
- Include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
If you suspect that you're developing postpartum psychosis, seek medical attention immediately. Don't wait and hope for improvement. Postpartum psychosis may lead to life-threatening thoughts or behaviors.