Even in the developed countries people don’t focus over the mental health conditions cause to mother after the childbirth. According to statistics, one in seven gets trapped into postpartum or postnatal depression. Well, both these terms happen after childbirth. But there are certain factors that differentiate them both.
Difference between postpartum and postnatal depression
In terms of their definition, postpartum and postnatal has kind of same traits. But the only difference is that the postpartum depression is related to the mother and the postnatal depression is related to the baby. In postpartum, you try to harm yourself, feel low and of course depression hits you. In case of post natal it just affects you for some days. In this case, we broad the spectrum to the mother and baby. Well, let’s talk more of it!
What are the symptoms of post natal depression?
Let’s make a list about the symptoms of postnatal depression
In the case of postpartum depression, you get detached to the baby but in postnatal depression, you start worrying excessively about the baby. and also feels detached. Yes, it sounds weird but that’s true.
You feel like a failure as a mother. The incapability to take care of your baby haunts you. Well, don’t worry it’s just the phase.
Being scared all the time due to the thoughts of being alone for your life daunts you. You think that your partner and family will live you. If you’re her partner, give her full attention in this phase.
You fidget frequently. Anxiety and panic attack hits you like sudden wave of storm. These are just symptoms of postnatal depression.
Even your baby is sleeping a sound sleep, you can’t sleep because of nightmares that are making you to stay awake. This is just a phase. It will go away.
How to treat postnatal depression(PND)?
If you’re going through any symptoms above, please consult your mid wife or doctor ASAP. There is a Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale that asks you questionnaire and gets out the symptoms properly.
It’s partner responsibility to get the mother out of PND.
Counselling, psychotherapy, medications are the common way to treat the PND. But the partner should follow some points below.
- Understand her point of view and don’t fall down for any arguments
- Don’t make her feel that you’re busy with your own work
- Love her. Of course, you do. But show that you love her more often.
- Sexual intercourse is not a solution to everything. During PND sexual drive falls down. Just settle down on cuddles now.
- Even you’re busy, call her and talk with her for some time.
- Go with her to the doctor, she needs your moral support. Even if she refuses, make her understand that it’s important.
Postnatal Depression to Fathers
It’s not limited to just mothers. Father can also be a victim of PND. They might not say anything to you. If you see the same symptoms, consult professional help. It might due to:
- Small circle of friends
- First time parent
- Stress of maintaining personal and professional life balance.
We hope that this article helped you with all of your doubts. Share with your friends who is going through the same struggle.