Post-partum depression (PPD) or the “Baby Blues” is more common than many people think. More than 20% of women are diagnosed with post-partum depression by their doctors every year, while many more cases continue to go undiagnosed. PPD is a serious condition that often starts during pregnancy. Although many women go through the normal anxieties and fears of having a child, PPD often lingers for months after giving birth. Symptoms of PPD include:
- Feelings of overwhelming anxiety/hopelessness
- Frequent Crying
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Trouble eating and sleeping
- Physical aches and pains
- Loss of interest in normal activities
Why aren't more women speaking up about their mental health, especially post-partum women? Unfortunately, the “stigma” associated with discussing mental health is still very prevalent in our society. Women, especially new mothers, are often made to feel like they will look “weak” or “unfit” if they speak up about their symptoms. Many women are afraid to talk to their doctors about their mental health. They often turn to the internet or post anonymously on blogs, ashamed of their symptoms. But, the only way to get help, is to speak up to your doctor. From there, doctors can screen for PPD and recommend the proper treatment to move forward. Every case is unique, as well as the treatments available.
At COLFs medical clinic, we offer a variety of services catering to mental health. We encourage all our clients to take advantage of the services we offer, especially those pertaining to spiritual and mental well-being. If you or someone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment and talk about your symptoms with one of our caring staff members. Post-partum depression is something we must take seriously, and at COLFs, we are dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. Visit this link on our website to learn more.