Professional Counsellor Tina Alexander sheds some light on Postpartum Depression & "Baby Blues" issues
Affecting one in every eight women during the first months after childbirth, Postpartum Depression (PPD) is temporary depression related to pregnancy and childbirth. It comes in two forms: early onset – commonly referred to as the "baby blues," and late onset. It starts after delivery, and usually resolves within 2 weeks without medical treatment. This was revealed yesterday on ‘Jolly’s Health Vibes’.
Professional counsellor and mental health social worker, Tina Alexander differentiates between PPD and “Baby Blues”, saying that “baby blues” does not need treatment, however after six weeks one should consider seeking treatment. She added that extreme PPD presents itself as psychosis which is a rare occurrence.
Symptoms of mild PPD include sadness, anxiety, tearfulness, and trouble sleeping. These symptoms usually appear within several days of delivery and go away within ten to twelve days after giving birth.
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