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My experience with Postnatal depression -Emeh Achanga

January 3, 2018
Emeh Achanga

My experience with Postnatal depression -Emeh Achanga

Hello guys, yesterday, I shared my thoughts with journalist Tope Delano about Post-natal depression and how it affected me ….

Though a few headlines were slightly taken out of context as my intention was to focus  on my battle with post-natal depression and how it affected me professionally,not on my personal life.

I also want to categorically state that, I did not suffer any form of physical abuse from my baby’s father.

However, I really feel Postatal-depression is something many Nigerians should be aware of………

  1. For those who are not aware, anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues – an emotional state of tearfulness, unhappiness, worry, self-doubt, and fatigue.

 

However, if your feelings seem unusually intense and have lasted longer than two weeks straight, you could have postpartum depression (PPD).
Post partum depression is a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth.

Some symptoms include

Extreme sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
-Crying all the time
-Loss of interest or lack of enjoyment in your usual activities and hobbies
-Trouble falling sleep at night, or trouble staying awake during the day
-Loss of appetite or eating too much, or unintentional weight loss or weight gain
-Overwhelming feelings of worthlessness or overpowering guilt
-Restlessness or sluggishness
-Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
-Feeling that life isn’t worth living

-Being irritable or angry
-Avoiding friends and family
-Worrying excessively about your baby
-Being uninterested in your baby, or unable to care for her
-Feeling so exhausted that you’re unable to get out of bed for hours

In rare cases, some women with PPD experience delusional thoughts or hallucinations and may harm their baby.

While the exact cause of PPD is unclear, the cause is believed to be a combination of physical and emotional factors.

Depression or anxiety during pregnancy
Stressful life events during pregnancy or soon after giving birth
Traumatic childbirth experience
Preterm delivery
A baby needing neonatal intensive care
Lack of social support and many more

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