Updated: May 21
Maternal Mental Health disorders like postpartum depression has increased due to the pandemic of COVID 19. In addition to a change in hormone levels before and after childbirth, many people find out the hard way the other risks that often lead to depression.
There are commonly 10, but here a few to remember.
The first is previous experience of depression or anxiety. The 24/7 news across the world and on social media keeps most of it's followers in a steady realm of anxiety. Not to mention the obsessive cleaning of mail, grocery carts and shoe soles going on doing daily to cut down the chances of spreading the corona virus in our home.
The next factor is family history of depression or mental illness which most of us know about, but are reluctant to investigate because it brings up memories of trauma. Too often though, you may not even know about the family history. Partly because the stories of family members with mental illness aren't shared with others carry feeling of guilt and shame on the family.
Other emotional stressors, such as the death of a loved one due to COVID 19 complications or other family problems. like increased financial and employment challenges. Lastly isolation and lack of social support due to quarantine and local area shut downs increases the effects on mood swings. There are many more risks that need to be monitored and recognized for healthy treatment by a certified psychologist. Shop around for one and ask about the non medical alternative treatments, the myths and signs associated with onset/perinatal depression, The Baby Blues, Postpartum OCD and the more rare Postpartum Psychosis.
For more facts on postpartum depression visit American Psychological Association
To find out how to help someone you are close to, visit Mental Health First Aid