Patient Interrogation | Setting Hospital
Ms Sadia Ibrahim is a postpartum mother who has come to see her doctor after 4 weeks of delivery. As she waits, you notice symptoms of postpartum depression. As nurse in charge of postpartum mothers, you initiate a conversation with her. Although she says hers is a case of baby blues, eventually you realize that it is postpartum depression.
Baby blues symptoms
Signs and symptoms of baby blues — which last only a few days to a week or two after your baby is born — may include:
- Mood swings
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Reduced concentration
- Appetite problems
- Trouble sleeping
Postpartum depression symptoms
- PPD Signs and symptoms are more intense and last longer.
- May eventually interfere with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks.
- Symptoms usually develop within the first few weeks after giving birth.
- It may begin earlier – during pregnancy – or later – up to a year after birth.
Postpartum depression signs and symptoms may include:
- Depressed mood or severe mood swings
- Excessive crying
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
- Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much
- Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
- Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Intense irritability and anger
- Fear that you’re not a good mother
- Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
- Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
- Severe anxiety and panic attacks
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.