Depression Part 2

To continue this series on depression, next I will be discussing Postpartum Depression.

Postpartum Depression is a treatable medical illness that affects about 13% of women right after giving birth. This happens to about 70% of women in the first three months after giving birth. But it can develop anywhere from a few weeks to a year after delivery. This can be hard to spot because symptoms such as moodiness are similar to the baby blues. Here are some other symptoms to be aware of:

  • Anxiety (ups and downs)
  • Depressed mood (adjusting to life with a newborn)
  • Hormonal shift
  • Lack of sleep
  • Appetite change

Remember, you don’t have to be a first time mother for this to happen. Many women have had this happen after having several children with no problems. If the symptoms listed last more than two weeks, you are having trouble taking care of yourself and the baby, you are having thoughts of harming yourself, call your doctor.

Do not make excuses for what is happening. Just because you’re saved, strong in the Lord, and got an “I’m every woman” attitude doesn’t mean something else is not happening that may not feel right. We at The Worship Center want you to know that you have nothing to be ashamed of. We would rather you reach out for help before you do something to yourself and your family that will have long term consequences down the road. This is not something women ask for, but it’s exactly how some feel.

Here are some scriptures for those trying to get out of the darkness when there seems to be no light: Psalms 23:4, Psalms 4:8, Zephaniah 3:17, Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 15:13, Philippians 4:6-7, James 4:10, and 2 Timothy 1:7

You are not alone, you have God who loves you. We at The Worship Center are here for you.

Be blessed