The Difference between Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety
When to get help,
“Aren’t you happy with your new bundle of joy?”
“Why are you sad, don’t you love your baby?”
These two questions are the most commonly asked to a mother going through postpartum depression and/or postpartum anxiety. As a mother that went through Postpartum depression and is still going through Postpartum anxiety, all you want to say is, YOU DON’T GET IT!
I’m right there with you mama’s! Nothing is as stressful as you trying to handle the unbalanced hormones, the crying spells, the anxiety, and a newborn baby that comes without a “how-to” manual.
But what exactly is the difference between Postpartum depression and Postpartum anxiety? What are the signs?
Signs of Postpartum Depression:
Having thoughts like “I can’t do this mom thing”, “was I ready to be a mom?”
Having random crying spells without even knowing why you’re crying
Feeling guilty because you feel as though you should be able to handle being a mom
Feeling like your baby deserves better or you’re not a good enough mom You don’t feel as though you’ve bonded with baby
You feel angry, irritated, frustrated, and you don’t know why
No matter how hard you try to shake off these feelings, you just can’t
You know something isn’t right, but you can’t put your finger on it
You feel as though you lost your “old” self You’re afraid and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel
You feel disconnected from everyone, you’re there, but not really there
You’re afraid of being judged if you reach out to someone and explain what you’re feeling
Signs of Postpartum Anxiety
Being unable to quiet your mind that’s sprinting through your new life
You are worried ALL THE TIME
You overthink things, like is baby breathing, did I burp him enough, etc.
Having trouble sleeping/eating
You feel extremely overwhelmed, and you feel as though you need to be doing something every waking moment even when baby is sleeping
You’re afraid to be alone with baby, you’re afraid to leave the house
You’re afraid that you’ll never have your life back
If you related to one or more of the signs listed above, please seek help! The first step is realizing that you’re going through postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Next, speak with your healthcare professional to finalize your diagnosis. Follow doctor’s orders and reach out to PPD support groups/hotlines. Please remember mama’s there is nothing wrong with you, postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety are completely NORMAL. Not all mom’s go through it, but some do. It’s okay if you’re feeling the way that you feel, but there are ways to treat it and we hope that you recover so that you’re able to live your life with your baby worry-free!
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