One of the first things that you notice when you find out that you are pregnant is that you have a change in your hormones along with the many changes that happen in the body. The Postpartum period is the period following the birth of your baby, it is during this period that some women can experience the postpartum depression, or postpartum anxiety or better known as the baby blues.
These disorders can happen at any time after the birth of your baby, and can happen in conjunction with one another. This is all down to the hormone changes that are happening inside your body. People that are more susceptible to these sort of attacks are women who have suffered from depression in the past. If you have a history of anxiety then the chances are that you will develop some sort of postpartum anxiety.
Postpartum depression where the woman can experience all sort of feeling, but it mainly manifest itself as panic attacks, anxiety and may even go as far as agoraphobia, this is the fear of wide open spaces or even as far as public places. Having this level of fear can be extremely debilitating as the sufferer tends to stay at home and lock themselves away from the outside world and can become a recluse These symptoms can strike at any time and so the person is constantly fearful that they attacks will start.
Having the disorder diagnosed early is important if the sufferer wants to take control of their life again. Diagnosis is generally done by a psychiatrist, and they have a comprehensive list of symptoms that they will check and look for when performing the diagnosis. Some of the symptoms they look for often include difficulty concentrating or remembering, difficulty finishing tasks, trouble making decisions, difficulty relaxing, insomnia, exhaustion, feelings of extreme uneasiness for prolonged periods of time, loss of appetite, and suicidal thoughts. The most common symptoms of a panic attack is the shortness of breath, choking sensation, chest pain, palpitations or increased heart rate, hot flashes or chills, trembling, tingling sensation, dizziness, nausea or indigestion, depersonalization or the feeling of being removed or disoriented from everything going on around you, the fear of going crazy or doing something uncontrolled, and the cardinal sign, a sense of impending doom.
Postpartum psychosis is one stage on from the anxiety attacks and is very rare. This condition tends to occur in women that have suffered from schizophrenia, or in women who are known to be bipolar. This condition is said to be very serious and must be treated as soon as possible to protect the child and of course the mother.
As with most mental health treatment postpartum depression is treated with anti-depressants and psychotherapy. The two combined are more effective than having just the tablets or just the treatment. Psychotherapy can help women learn to recognize triggers of anxiety and panic, and how to quell the uncomfortable symptoms through deep breathing, relaxation, bio-feedback, and other techniques. Fortunately, postpartum anxiety usually doesn't linger forever; it's just a small roadblock that you have to get around.