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Understanding Post Partum Depression (PPD)

Updated: Mar 17, 2018

PPD is a common phenomenon, yet it remains under diagnosed and untreated for the majority of Indian Mothers

Having a baby is supposed to be the most joyous day in a woman's life, right? Or at least thats what the images on social media, magazines and movies will have you believe! But many mothers face difficulty after the birth of their baby.

"It was supposed to be the most beautiful day of my life, yet all I felt was deep sorrow. I could hardly understand why I was crying when I was supposed to be smiling"- shared by a new mother being counselled for PPD.

A shift in harmones, the feeling of a suddenly empty womb and an overwhelming fear for the wellbeing of the new baby are just some reasons that lead to anxiety in new mothers.

Its important for the women, their families and the caregivers to validate the feelings of the mother, instead of just ruling them out as baby blues. Proper support, care and counselling can go a long way in helping the mother cope with her new life.

Women may experience either a deep separation anxiety or may feel no connect with the new baby. Both the situations are temporary and can be handled with proper care and counselling. As we progress in technology and medical care, it is prudent for our health professionals to be aware of the existence and high prevalence of Post Partum Depression. While screening women for vitals and stitch line infections, the residents should regularly look out for signs of PPD as well and arrange a psychology referral wherever needed and possible.

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