Postpartum Depression is no joke, and it involves such extreme negative feeling that takes psychological treatment just to fix it. It has a cousin called ‘Postpartum Anxiety’ and involves such a common personal reaction – worry.
Postpartum Anxiety may not seem as extreme as Postpartum Depression; however, because it feels ‘natural’ to worry, the problem can go undetected and unchecked.
Here are the common signs of a mother having Postpartum Anxiety:
- Worrying excessively
- Dreadful feelings
- Racing thoughts
- Lack of focus
- Disturbance in sleeping and eating patterns
- Hot flashes
- Fast heartbeat
These symptoms can manifest from the baby’s birth until the first birthday. Sometimes, it can occur even during pregnancy.
There can be many factors contributing to its existence. These can be the following:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Untreated behavior disorder
- History of anxiety attacks
- External stress
- Unhealthy lifestyle
Postpartum Anxiety can last for a long period and can be a gateway for Postpartum Depression if neglected. However, if treatments are applied, whether early or not, the recovery period can only take a few weeks.
The treatment for such a problem is mostly through therapy and other relaxation techniques. For extreme cases, medication may be prescribed.