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Symptoms of Postnatal Depression:

 

Symptoms

PPE

Baby Blues

Postnatal depression

Postpartum Psychosis

mood swings

feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed

 

experience crying spells

 

loss of appetite

 

 

sleep disturbances

 

hopelessness

 

 

 

low self esteem

 

 

tiredness

 

guilt

 

 

eating disturbances

 

 

inability to be comforted

 

 

exhaustion

 

emptiness

 

 

social withdrawal

 

 

little or no energy

 

 

 

becoming easily frustrated

 

 

 

feeling inadequate in caring for baby

 

 

impaired speech and writing

 

 

 

spells of anger towards others

 

 

increased anxiety or panic attacks

 

 

 

negative feelings toward the baby

 

 

lack of pleasure in all or most activities

 

 

decreased or significantly increased appetite

 

 

 

low energy

 

feeling withdrawn, socially isolated, or unconnected

 

 

feelings of worthlessness or guilt

 

 

 

intense agitation and irritability

 

 

difficulty concentrating or thinking

 

 

thoughts of death

 

 

thoughts of suicide (a suicide plan)

 

 

thoughts of harming baby or self

 

 

little or no interest in the baby

 

 

hallucinations and delusions

 

 

 

feeling confused and disoriented

 

 

 

rapid mood swings

 

 

 

attempts to harm self or baby

 

 

 

paranoia

 

 

 

bizarre behaviour

 

 

 

inability or refusal to eat or sleep

 

 

 

Symptoms: breaking it down

Many of these symptoms will seem (to anyone who has been a mother)to be fairly standard behaviours and feelings of a tired mother experiencing broken sleep, who is learning to live with a new baby and the many changes in her life. The key to these symptoms is that they are identified from two weeks to months after the baby arrives, and they are noticeable because they are a significant change in the mother (from her “before” child state).