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The Other Postpartum Problem: Anxiety

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.

Symptoms

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
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Nausea

These symptoms can manifest from the baby’s birth until the first birthday. Sometimes, it can occur even during pregnancy.

Causes

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

Duration

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.

Treatment

The treatment for such a problem is mostly through therapy and other relaxation techniques. For extreme cases, medication may be prescribed.