How did you deal with postnatal depression

Let's talk about postpartum depression!

"I had bad postpartum depression and that scared me," said British singer Adele in an interview. Adele isn't the only mother who can talk about a difficult time after giving birth. Mood swings are seen in around 20 to 25 percent of mothers within the first year after giving birth. This can range from so-called baby blues to depression and psychosis. Often the feelings are not taken seriously and therefore not treated. One user describes how she fared:

Fathers can also experience depression after having a child. In a meta-analysis it was found that fathers were happiest in the first few weeks - only after three to six months did 10 to 25 percent of them become depressed. The analysis also showed that the depressions of the parents influenced each other.

Hormones and exercise

The causes of mood swings have not yet been well researched, but risk factors have been identified. Mental disorders before pregnancy, events that were very stressful, smoking during pregnancy, obesity, lack of support, complications in childbirth and the drive for perfection can all contribute to postpartum depression. Feelings of guilt, lack of self-worth, disinterest, fear, hopelessness, lack of drive and inner restlessness can be the first signs of a depressive disorder.

It is important that a clarification and, if necessary, treatment take place, since depression and psychoses also impair the interaction with the child. Exercise and other measures that promote well-being can have a positive effect on depression, researchers report in the journal "Physical Therapy".

The so-called baby blues, during which many mothers feel weepy without knowing why, is usually over after a few days. The hormonal changes after the birth are blamed for this, and there is usually no need for treatment.

How did you feel about the time after the birth?

Have you been surprised by your feelings of baby blues or postpartum depression? How did you and those around you deal with it? (haju, January 25, 2017)