In the beginning, postpartum depression can look like the normal baby blues. In fact, postpartum depression and the baby blues share many symptoms, including mood swings, crying jags, sadness, insomnia, and irritability. The difference is that with postpartum depression, the symptoms are more severe (such as suicidal thoughts or an inability to care for your newborn) and longer lasting. PND affects women in different ways. Being unusually irritable with your partner, insomnia, having no desire to have sex, and feelings of hopelessness can all signal postnatal depression. Worrying about your baby is natural – you are a mother. But if you feel uncontrollable anxiety or you’re afraid to be alone with your baby, something more may be amiss. If you are having a hard time since you had your baby, with little support, then it’s pretty understandable to feel miserable.
Women with a previous history of a mood disorder severe enough to require treatment including counselling or medication are at greater risk of developing depression during pregnancy than a women with no prior history of a mood disorder. Depression during pregnancy goes on to PND in 40% of women.
If this describe what you are experiencing, do seek help! You are not alone.