Childbirth is a moment of celebration in most cases. It is a welcoming of a new member to the family. However, it is a difficult time for a new mother. It is not an easy task to give birth even in this modern day.
Numerous complications can still take place and can lead to a medical condition known as postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is usually accompanied with several symptoms and if you suffer from them, you should consult their doctor. The common symptoms include:
- Mood Swings
- Panic Attacks
- Excessive Crying
Postpartum depression is a common occurrence among mothers in the early days of childbirth. Although it is common to be depressed after going through a painful medical procedure such as childbirth, it does not lead to suicide. Most of the cases of postpartum depression do not lead to suicide because the depression phase itself does not last long. It may not be the leading cause of suicide by any means but it must be looked after nonetheless. Mothers usually go through extreme mood swings and fits of pain before and after childbirth. Sometimes the pain becomes so unbearable that the doctors have to prescribe strong painkillers which can be addictive.
Becoming suicidal due to postpartum depression is serious and affects both the parent’s mental health and the child’s growth. The postpartum depression stage maybe severe during the stay at hospital and a change in environment would help in preventing suicidal thoughts. The suicidal thoughts and depression are not limited to the mother only, they can affect the father as well. Obviously, the mother is more prone to suicide because of the pain and mood swings. If she is uncertain about her future and the future of her child, she may attempt suicide.
The doctors and family can play a crucial part in preventing such a horrible scene by calming the mother and by tending to her needs. When the depression takes a toll, the suicidal thoughts rise as well. Therefore, in a time like this, it is essential to talk to the mother and make her relax.
The financial situation of the parents contributes a lot to the depression and eventually to the thoughts of attempting suicide. The rare case of suicide due to postpartum depression is more often linked to single mothers with poor financial status and no family. The depression and pain become unbearable and the mother is left with no choice but to end her life, but this is a very rare case.
Some of the panic attacks and mood swings remain even after being discharged from the hospital. This can interfere with the child’s upbringing. If the postpartum depression lasts longer than a month, it can make the mother more stressed and she will be unable to take care of the child. Women suffering from postpartum depression should always remember that this is a temporary state and the joy of being a mother will always be better than suicide. Always say yes to life.