“It's Hormones”: 6 Myths About Postpartum Depression

The publishing house

Individuum

published a book by Ksenia Krasilnikova

"Not just tired. How to recognize and overcome postpartum depression"

, where she writes about how she encountered this condition and was able to survive it. Especially for The Challenger, Ksenia spoke about the most common misconceptions associated with this disorder.

In fact: postpartum depression is a disorder that affects

from ten to twenty percent

of women who have recently given birth. Together with postpartum anxiety disorder and psychosis, this is one of the most common complications that occur after the birth of a baby.

In 2017, the World Health Organization

called

depression the main cause of disability in the world. Those who are depressed are at a risk of suicide twenty-five times more than people who have not experienced this condition.

“It's Hormones”: 6 Myths About Postpartum Depression

In fact: no one is safe from depression. A large number of biological, social, and psychological factors can influence its development, and it does not matter what character a person has - no scientific classification includes him as a risk factor. It is almost impossible to predict in advance whether a person will overtake depression or not.

Robert Sapolsky, American neuroendocrinologist and famous researcher,

told

that, saying at a very primitive level, depression happens when the cortex " whispers" of the rest of the brain that negative emotions are as real as physical threat from some predator. As a result, the same symptomatic reaction occurs.

Actually: hormonal changes after childbirth can be one of the factors in the occurrence of depression, but it is not only in them. There are many prerequisites for the development of the disorder - from a family history of mental disorders to social factors and sleep deprivation. Postpartum depression can last for months or even years.

Postpartum depression can be treated with medication, with the help of psychotherapy, or by combining both of these methods. It is important for a woman to provide an adequate amount of sleep, nutrition and time for herself. Especially important in this state is support - relatives, friends and society.

“It's Hormones”: 6 Myths About Postpartum Depression

Actually: no one is to blame. Women often feel guilty about such symptoms because they were not able to experience the magical bliss of motherhood, which is actively promoted by society.

In fact, depression is not a matter of choice, not a sign of laziness, weakness, failure in motherhood. This is a serious disorder that cannot be brushed aside and "just live on."

Actually: inability to rest (even if you manage to sleep) - one of the symptoms of depression, including postpartum. M The method of switching to another type of activity almost never works: some people who have experienced depression are so exhausted that they are unable to get out of bed. They are not to blame for this either - this is how disorder manifests itself.

“It's Hormones”: 6 Myths About Postpartum Depression

Actually: some drugs in certain doses can be taken while continuing to breastfeed. There are no officially approved antidepressants for nursing women - such clinical trials cannot be carried out for ethical reasons. Nevertheless, scientists believe that new-generation antidepressants are found in low concentrations in breast milk. But in any case, before you start taking the medicine, you must consult your doctor.

Postpartum depression is important to diagnose as soon as possible and treat under the supervision of experienced professionals - psychiatrists and psychotherapists.

How to do it right, how to support a woman in such a situation and when it will end is described in detail in the book "I’m not just tired. How to recognize and overcome postpartum depression."

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