It’s a scary reality – Postpartum Depression is defined as severe to moderate depression affecting at most sixteen percent of women who had given birth. The latest research, however, has revealed that symptoms of postpartum depression can be experienced even during pregnancy, and not just after. It has also been shown that women who have undergone these symptoms at such a time are more susceptible to more intensified postpartum depression symptoms after parturition.
A study involving more than ten thousand women having postpartum depression, which took into account symptom severity and onset, mood disorder history, and pregnancy complications, showed that the phenomenon may be categorized as having subtypes 1, 2 and 3, which are distinct. These subtypes can help your psychologist and physician employ more specific treatment regimens for their patients that are also more effective.
And as research continues and more understanding emerges regarding postpartum depression, one can expect a future that is able to help more women cope with this debilitating condition and give them a fuller, happier family life.
As of now, what you can do is to look out for warning signals that may be indicative of the disease. It is not a myth any longer. Doctors have fully recognized the existence of postpartum depression and are working towards developing a cure.
Such signs may include incapacity to do daily, normal tasks, intense anxiety, intense mood swings, and suicidal thoughts. These symptoms are real and serious, and should you have them, you should contact your psychologist and physician immediately and ask for help.