World Mental Health Day is held on October 10th each year to raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide. This year’s theme “The Great Push – Investing in Mental Health” opens discussions on investments in prevention and treatment services. It is important to know that Parental Mental Health issues can impact child health and development.
Are you enjoying pregnancy?
Is life with your new baby happy?
If you answered “no” to either of these questions, you might be depressed. You are not alone – one in 5 women experience depression during or after pregnancy.
The Baby Blues….it is very common for women to experience the “Baby Blues” in the first few days or weeks after the birth of their child. You may:
¨ Have rapid mood swings
¨ Feel exhausted, irritable, sad, tearful or overwhelmed
¨ Have changes in eating and sleeping patterns.
It is normal to feel like this. These feelings should pass in a few days or at most in a few weeks.
Postpartum Depression…sometimes these feelings do not go away. You may:
¨ Not feel yourself
¨ Feel sad or hopeless
¨ Have no interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
¨ Have changes in eating or sleeping patterns
¨ Feel overwhelmed
¨ Worry too much or not at all about your baby
¨ Have difficulty concentrating or focusing
¨ Feel restless, irritable or angry
¨ Feel extremely high or full of energy
¨ Think you are not a good mother, feel guilty or ashamed
¨ Have mood swings
¨ Feel anxious – you may feel this as aches, chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, tingling, or “lump” in your throat
¨ Feel exhausted, but are unable to sleep
¨ Feel worthless
¨ Not be bonding with your baby, or afraid to be alone with your baby
¨ Have repeated scary thoughts about the baby
¨ Have thoughts about harming yourself or your baby
If you have any of these symptoms for longer than two weeks, you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Get help right away. Contact:
ð Your Public Health Nurse
ð Your Health Care Provider
ð Saskatchewan Health Line – 1-877-800-0002
ð Your local Mental Health Services
Catching these signs early can help speed your recovery. Postpartum depression is common. This is not your fault and there is help. You are not alone and you are not crazy.
For more information, visit www.skmaternalmentalhealth.ca