Variations of Postpartum Depression, From the Temporary Blues to Professional Help

Postpartum depression is more common than many mothers care to admit. It is an issue that is under-discussed and under-explored, resulting in a lack of discussion and common feelings of shame and guilt.

Postpartum depression follows delivery for many mothers, which is a time of serious challenge and excitement. For many mothers, it is anything but exciting, consisting more of a series of restless nights, depression, and manic feelings of guilt. Postpartum depression has many different forms and interactions. All of them are worth exploring for what they are and how they unfold.

Temporary Blues

There are many people that do not consider temporary week-long ailments a form of postpartum depression. They are often considered distinctly different, especially since they don’t last long. It’s known as Baby Blues, and the feelings of sadness may last a few days and up to a few weeks. Professional help is not often needed.

The Baby Blues partly derives from this release of tension. It is as if a mother was working on a job for nine months, 24-7 and with intense focus, only to have the job cut off entirely (and turned into something very different). It’s a feeling of release that can cause sadness, as temporary as it is.

Anxiety

Postpartum depression often manifests as anxiety. The troubling thing about anxiety is that it has many variations in its own right. Does the anxiety derive from happenstance or does it derive from biology? Is it purely based in the biological aftermath of birth, or is there an underlying issue of depression and anxiety?

Furthermore, anxiety is not exactly the same as postpartum depression. Though they are linked and there is considerable overlap, postpartum depression is often a seismic shift “up” in restless nights, nervousness, crying, and more.

The feelings of anxiety and postpartum depression last much longer than with the Baby Blues. But, all these forms of depression following delivery deserve to be taken seriously. Seek medical field if needed and address these problems before they compound. No mother is alone in handling the expected and inevitable challenges of post-delivery, whether they involve the baby or involve a little self-care.