Postpartum Depression: What Women Aren't Telling Their DoctorsWritten by Robyn B. Surdel
What New Mothers May NOT be telling Their Doctors
By: Robyn B. Surdel Robyn’s Nest ~ The Parenting Network
Postpartum mood disorders come in many shapes and sizes. Approximately 80% of all women in United States will experience some form of mood disorder after birth of their child. The emotional and physical discomfort they feel can be triggered by hormonal changes, lack of sleep, stress, socioeconomic factors and other changes. What is concerning, however, is that only 20% of women actually report their feelings to a qualified health professional, such as their physician, midwife, or pediatrician. Perhaps women are concerned about stigma associated with mental health issues, or they fear that in reporting their mood swings and emotional pain they may jeopardize custody of their new baby. Whatever reason, it’s time to change way we look at perinatal (after birth) mood disorders.
The majority of women experience what is referred to as “the new baby blues”. This milder form of postpartum depression may be characterized by insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, tearfulness or sadness and may last anywhere from several hours to a week. The more serious forms of perinatal mood disorders include Postpartum Depression and extremely severe Postpartum Psychosis.
Approximately 10-15% of new mothers will experience Postpartum Depression. Family members, partners and heath professionals should watch for symptoms that could include sleeping and eating disturbances, anxiety and insecurity, mood swings, confusion, loss of self, guilt or shame, and thoughts of harming herself.
Worry and Anxiety HelpWritten by Ken McIsaac
"A god, invisible but omnipotent. It steals bloom from cheek and lightness from pulse; it takes away appetite and turns hair gray." - Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
It does a lot more than that, Benjamin! The harm that worry causes in our lives has been well documented by many writers, health professionals, and philosophers. Worry can weaken and sicken us, and turn our days into nightmares. At very least, it prevents us from living fully and happily only life that we will ever have. At it's worse, it is a killer.
There are numerous ideas that help to reduce or eliminate worry and symptoms associated with it. Many of pages in this collection present different topics for consideration in a program to live a happy life with a minimum of worry.
Worrying over things that 'might' happen can waste large portions of one's life, considering that so often it is for nothing, and almost certainly does no good.