Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
You may have Postpartum Depression if you’ve had a baby within the last 12 months and are experiencing some of these symptoms:
- You feel totally overwhelmed. Like you just can’t handle this mom thing. Maybe you even wish you hadn’t become a mom.
- You feel guilty because you believe you should be handling this new mom thing so much better than you are
- You feel a sadness so deep you can’t stop crying
- You feel hopeless. Like your failing at this motherhood thing and it’s never going to get better.
- You can’t concentrate or focus. It’s like your in a fog
- You can’t sleep or you sleep too much.
- You don’t feel bonded with your baby. That magical blissful snuggly newborn time you imagined is so far from your reality.
- You’re very confused and scared. You just don’t feel like yourself at all, that maybe you’ve “gone crazy” and worry the old you is gone forever.
- You feel irritated, angry, even rage. The slightest thing sets you off, you have zero patience.
- You might dream of running away you’re your family, and maybe you even think your baby would be better off without you
- You feel numb, disconnected. Like your just going through the motions.
- You’re afraid that if you reach out for help, people will judge you, or even take your baby away.
You may have Postpartum Anxiety if you’ve had a baby within the last 12 months and are experiencing some of these symptoms:
- You have racing thoughts. Your mind won’t slow down and you can’t relax
- You can’t sit still. You’re always cleaning baby bottles, checking on the baby, organizing, etc.
- You can’t stop worrying, at all. It doesn’t matter what anyone says to reassure you
- You have disturbing, scary thoughts that make you afraid to be around your baby
- You constantly need to check things – did I leave the stove on? Is the baby breathing?
- You have no appetite
- You can’t sleep
- You feel like you’ve “gone crazy”
- You’re afraid that if you reach out for help, people will judge you, or even take your baby away