Just recently, radio presenter Linda Nyangweso admitted to her battle with postpartum depression, now International pop singer John Legend’s wife has come out to talk about hers when she got her baby Luna, last year in April.
It can happen to anyone.
According World Health Organization, about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression. In developing countries this is even higher, i.e. 15.6% during pregnancy and 19.8% after child birth.
It’s a real problem. PPD has various effects ranging from closing one’s self from the world to thoughts of harming yourself or the baby. (Scary huh?) but just like normal depression, there are three types of ways that you can deal with postpartum depression. However, it’s important to seek medical help before you continue. Read on.
- Talk about it with your partner, friends and family and let them know how you’re feeling. This will help you get closure and the support that you require.
- You’re not wonder woman. Sometimes you just need a day off baby duty and relax. Ask for help when you feel like there’s too much to do.
- Take time out for yourself and go to the spa or binge watch the latest season of pretty little liars. Try to sleep whenever you have the chance as pay back for the long nights you had to keep the baby silent.
- Exercise every day, this has proven to boost the mood for people experiencing depression.
- Also, try to eat healthy and avoid drugs and alcohol as they tend to make you feel worse.
These are usually the first recommended type of treatment for PPD women. They include the following
- Guided self help that involves doing an online course on your own with help from a therapist. It takes about 9 to 12 weeks.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to break the cycle of unhelpful and unrealistic thinking that leads to negative behavior. It can be carried out one on one with a therapist or in a group. It last for up to 3 to 4 months.
- Interpersonal therapy involves talking to a therapist and sharing what you are experiencing. It can last for up to 4 months.
These are recommended if PPD is extensively severe and you’re not liking the previous suggestions. They work by balancing mood altering chemicals in the brain which in turn cure problematic situations such as excessive laziness, fatigue and irritability.