Postnatal Depression Treatment
Postnatal depression or PND which sometimes confused with the baby blues, but, unlike baby blues, it is an illness or psychological disorder which requires long-term postnatal depression treatment to get normal.
According to a report by Centers for Disease Control, in USA, 11 to 20% of women develops signs of postnatal depression. Likewise in UK, approximately one among eight mums take advice of GP for postnatal depression conditions. The trend across other countries are also somewhat similar to this. In Sydney and Australian subcontinent, it has been found that just over 1 in 5 mums diagnosed as depressed. A research statistics revels that the city of Sydney has a growing trend of losing productivity due to postnatal depression.
Signs of Postnatal Depression
The signs and symptoms of postnatal depression differs across patients attributed to family background and psychological stability. However, one may feel sad or low, unable to enjoy anything, feel extremely tired with no energy, hopeless, experience a sense of guilt, lacking in appetite, feels miserable, tearful or anxious; which are few common noticeable signs of postnatal depression. It leads to the condition of postnatal depression if these symptoms stay longer than normal recovery period. Postnatal depressed condition often develops within few month of child birth, or it may also appear in later stage, any time during first year.
What Leads to Postnatal Depression
There has been research initiatives towards this, but yet to validate the right cause. Experts believes that it’s likely to be few reasons, rather than just one cause. Psychologists have identified certain situations or circumstances which may push one to postnatal depression stage, such as:
- One have been depressed before, or have had mental health problems or was depressed during a previous pregnancy
- Do not have a supportive partner, or have no family or friends living nearby
- Facing challenges across financial, housing, work or relationship fronts
- Coping with health problems for difficult labour
- Delivered premature baby or baby is unwell
- Finding difficulties during breastfeeding
- Coping with any sad memories such as death of close ones etc.
Postnatal Depression treatment
Postnatal depression treatment and support is effective when recognize it early or it may lead to a severe long-term problem. We should accept that the treatment and complete recovery process takes longer duration in comparison to other psychological conditions. It is important to consult with specialists or qualified GPs for PDTs. The immediate first step towards managing postnatal depression is recognizing the cause of the problem and taking customized treatment approach for it. Supports from patient’s partner, family and friends plays a critical big role in the recovery process.
Doctors commonly suggests self-help strategies for mild postnatal depressions and also recommends a book which could neutralize the psychological imbalance. For moderate to severe postnatal depression, experts provide customized approach.
Talking therapy is one such approach, where doctors suggests patients to talk to their partners or friends about the difficult situation they are going though. it’s also collaborate with support groups, counsellor or psychotherapist for faster recovery. Psychotherapist recommends cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy (IPT). CBT teaches the patients on coping strategies, while IPT explores whether if there is any problems in patient’s relationships with others which may be a likely factor contributing to postnatal depression.
In some cases, doctors also prescribes antidepressants towards balancing chemicals in patient’s brain. Antidepressants raise levels of the hormone serotonin to lift patient’s mood, help them to sleep, and reduce irritations.
It suggests to take more rest and sleep whenever possible. There is no other option then eating healthy and consuming a well-balanced diet. Exercise has been one of the proven help and main treatment for depression; together with yoga, it supports to a larger extent to get control over mind and body.
In severe stage, postnatal depression treatment recommends a mental health team, which is likely to include specialist nurses, as well as a psychologist or psychiatrist for advanced treatments.