For those of you who were supportive in listening to this months Podcast: The Right Time to ASK for Help, I promised to provide you with a list of some commonly known symptoms of PPD as published by the NIH and other maternal health research organizations. This list is in way exhaustive, and it is not intended to be a medical instrument. This information is intended to bring awareness, provoke thought, offer comfort, reassurance, and to communicate some resources for seeking assistance.
A list of known PPD Symptoms … Not to be confused with “Baby Blues” which can be common, however, typically subsides within two weeks.
*An extended period of persistent sadness or low mood: Feeling down, tearful, or emotionally overwhelmed.
An extended period with loss of interest or pleasure in activities: A lack of enjoyment or interest in things that used to bring pleasure.
An extended period of fatigue or loss of energy: Feeling constantly tired or experiencing a lack of energy, even with adequate rest.
Changes in appetite or weight: Significant changes in appetite, either increased or decreased, leading to weight gain or weight loss.
Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing excessive sleep despite feeling fatigued.
An extended period of feelings of worthlessness or guilt: Strong feelings of inadequacy, guilt, or worthlessness related to being a mother or other aspects of life.
An extended period with difficulty concentrating or making decisions: Struggling to focus, remember things, or make even simple decisions.
An extended period of anxiety or excessive worry: Feeling anxious, restless, or constantly worrying about the baby's health and well-being or other aspects of life.
An extended period of Irritability or anger: Becoming easily agitated, angry, or experiencing mood swings, repetitive negative thoughts.
Withdrawal from loved ones: Avoiding social interactions or isolating oneself from friends and family.
Experiencing ANY thoughts of hurting oneself or the baby. This is a severe symptom that requires immediate attention.
* An extended period is noted by most mental health professionals as two-three weeks.
Please tune into the entire podcast and be kind to one another.