Bringing your newborn home comes with a guaranteed emotional roller coaster — from the initial lack of sleep to the excitement of having a new family member. You’re probably feeling more emotions at once than you’ve ever felt before. But what happens when your excitement and joy start to fade, and the stress, anxiety, worry, and sadness start to linger? You may not always feel ecstatic for the first few days or weeks following the birth of your child. For some, this temporary sadness can actually turn into postpartum depression. If you have lasting feelings of depression within the first year of giving birth to your child, then the threat may be very real for you — but you’re not alone, and your doctor can help. If you think you may have postpartum depression, look out for these signs.
1. Feelings of hopelessness, anger, or sadness
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when you first bring a child into this world. But postpartum depression goes beyond feeling naturally overwhelmed — Postpartum Progress states this disorder will make you feel as if you’re not well-equipped to be a mother, and that perhaps you should never have had the baby to begin with.
This overwhelming feeling is often followed by guilt, as you may believe other mothers can handle their emotions better than you. You may feel disconnected from your child and feel as if your baby doesn’t really need you in the long run, which can also lead to anger and sadness.