Baby Blues or Postpartum Mood Disorders

Posted on August 11, 2011

After giving birth, it may be hard to distinguish between the “baby blues” and a more serious postpartum mood disorder.  Many postpartum mood disorders go untreated because doctors and family members are unaware of the signs and symptoms of the disorder.  Below you will find several characteristics to help you distinguish between the baby blues and a postpartum mood disorder.

 

Baby Blues

  1. Affects 60-80% of new moms
  2. Includes crying, feeling overwhelmed with motherhood, and being uncertain
  3. Caused due to an extreme hormone fluctuation at the time of the birth
  4. Lasts no more than 2 days to 2 weeks
  5. Acute sleep deprivation
  6. Fatigue

 

Postpartum Mood Disorders (PPMD) are much different than the “baby blues.”  Most PPMD is marked by a change in mood that lasts longer than the 2 days to 2 weeks associated with “baby blues.”  This mood change is more severe and debilitating in comparison to the “baby blues.”  Below you will find a list of characteristics associated with Postpartum Mood Disorders.

 

Postpartum Mood Disorder (Postpartum Depression/Postpartum Anxiety)

  1. Sadness, crying
  2. Unexplained physical complaints
  3. Suicidal thoughts
  4. Appetite changes
  5. Sleep disturbances
  6. Poor concentration/focus
  7. Irritability and anger
  8. Hopeless and helpless feelings
  9. Guilt and shame
  10. Feeling overwhelmed
  11. Lack of feelings toward the baby
  12. Inability to care for self or family
  13. Loss of interest, joy, or pleasure
  14. Anxiety
  15. Isolation
  16. “This doesn’t feel like me.”
  17. Mood swings
  18. Worthlessness

 

If you believe you are experiencing a postpartum mood disorder, I encourage you to seek professional counseling assistance.  I also encourage you to visit www.postpartum.net for more information about postpartum mood disorders and references for trained postpartum therapists in your area.

 

Kristie L. Watts

Kristie Watts is a Marriage and Family Therapy Resident at Groff and Associates Counseling.  Her passions are grief and loss, parent/child relationships, and pregnancy related struggles.  If you are interested in seeing a counselor and think that Kristie may be a good fit, please contact her at kristie@groffandassociates.com.

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