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Recognizing Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, and Rage

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

You may have heard about postpartum depression, anxiety, and rage, but you may not know exactly what they are or how to recognize them. Let's check them out, but before we do here is a link to a blog by Melissa who specialises in birth trauma support.



Postpartum depression is more severe than the "baby blues," which is a common condition that affects up to 80% of new mothers. Symptoms of postpartum depression can include:

  • Depressed mood or severe mood swings

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Fatigue or loss of energy

  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Changes in appetite

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Postpartum anxiety symptoms can include:

  • Excessive worry or fear about the baby's health or safety

  • Racing thoughts or constant worrying

  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating

  • Physical symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or hot flashes

Postpartum rage, is characterized by intense anger, irritability, or aggression that can be triggered by small things. Symptoms of postpartum rage can include:

  • Feeling angry or irritable most of the time

  • Yelling or snapping at loved ones

  • Feeling like you want to hurt yourself or someone else

  • Physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating, or a racing heart

It's important to recognize these symptoms and seek help if you experience them, reach out if you need support finding someone. You don't have to suffer alone, and seeking help is a sign of strength.


Here are some tips for recognizing and managing these conditions:

  • Stay connected with loved ones and friends who can offer support

  • Get plenty of rest and exercise

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet

  • Practice mindfulness, yoga, or other relaxation techniques

  • Seek professional help if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above

Remember, motherhood can be a challenging journey at times, and it's necessary to ask for help. YOU DESERVE IT!


Resources

Books

  • The Motherhood Complex by Melissa Hogenboom

  • Birth Shock - How to Recover from Birth Trauma by Mia Scotland

  • Why Birth Trauma Matters by Emma Svanberg

  • Postnatal PTSD: a Guide for Health Professionals by Kim Thomas with Shona McCann


Blessings,


Danielle


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