It is a common knowledge that Postpartum mood disorder is one which requires professional help, but surprisingly many moms are quiet about it.
The postpartum period is not always a desirable experience. The process between the sleep-sucking activity of nursing a newborn, the physical nature of the rehabilitation process and the tense hormonal shift which transpires after childbirth.
Is shaky enough for new moms to suffer postpartum mood disorder. As a new mom, there is entirely nothing to be embarrassed about, its only natural.
According to research, many mothers never speak out about their struggles. The Maternal and Child Health Journal shared data from their study and reported that 211 women that experienced childbirth developed a Postpartum Mood Disorder.
In an anonymous result, only a few women who suffered the disorder, self-reported the signs of mood disorders. Over Half the women involved met the standards which were set out for postpartum mood disorders and only 20% out of these women sought guidance.
The percentage of women who seek help during this process is distressing because Mood Disorder is not a joke. Mood Disorder which includes Anxiety, Postpartum Depression and Psychosis doesn’t only make new moms feel like they are not themselves, it also poses a significant threat to their overall physical and mental wellbeing.
Seeking help is the primary step to coming out of it; unfortunately, only 1 out of 5 women who suffer postpartum mood disorder seek professional help.
After childbirth, 10-20 percent of women undergo significant Mood Disorders; this should not be taken with lightness because disorders have adverse effects on new moms as well as on the child. It is capable of affecting their emotional and physical wellbeing.
This article has been structured to inform our readers on the value of Support Networks for mothers grieving from Mood Disorders and also to normalise the different kinds of reactions women encounter after childbirth.
According to Betty Shannon Prevatt, a Ph.D. student and the study’s lead author, in a university statement elaborated on the need for women to talk about their mental health so that they can access quality care.
The researchers also observed that no guidelines had been set in place for medical professionals to interview new moms about their mental health and this is one reason why women do not accept their state.
Optimistically, if a robust support system arises, there is a higher likelihood that women will seek treatment. On the other hand, unemployed women are most likely to have histories of mental health issues associated with severe symptoms and they hardly ever get help.
Judging from a social standpoint, we realize why mothers hardly ever verbalise their mental needs. First, early motherhood requires a selfless time, and most mothers put aside their well being to provide for their kids. Secondly, the social stigma prevents moms from revealing their feelings because it portrays them as being unhappy about their roles as mothers.
Although there is much pressure on new moms, it is vital to know that having symptoms of mood disorders does not in any way mean you are failing as a parent or that you do not love your kids, it only implies that you need to start taking care of yourself.