In Greater Noida West, a 33-year-old woman along with her six-month-old daughter reportedly jumped to her death from the 16th floor of her apartment. This incident happened late on Tuesday night. News reports quoted police as saying the woman was suffering from health problems and was also struggling with depression. Tragic death of mother and child Bengaluru-based start-up CEO Suchana Seth murdered her four-year-old son. Although the causes and motives are varied and may be difficult to definitively identify, the cases emphasize mental health.
What is postpartum depression and what are its symptoms?
For new mothers, postpartum depression can have serious consequences. So what is postpartum depression? Dr Gorav Gupta, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Founder & Director – Tulsi Healthcare, “Postpartum depression or PPD is a mood disorder characterized by chronic sadness, anxiety and impaired functioning in women after delivery. This is not something to be taken lightly, experts point out. “Symptoms are altered sleep patterns, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and, in severe cases, the child’s thoughts of harming himself or herself,” says Dr Gupta.
How to deal with postpartum depression
Measures of a preventive nature include building a support system, health care, clear communication between partners and parents, adequate education on PPD, postpartum recovery planning, self-care, balanced lifestyle, seeking professional help, mindfulness, setting realistic expectations, and Counseling during pregnancy is moving around, says Dr. Gupta.
“The most common interventions are therapy, medication and support groups. Partners and family members should be involved, practical support is essential, and it encourages self-care. Safety monitoring, open communication and follow-up care are essential,” says Dr. Gupta. . She adds, “Additional recommendations include the introduction of gentle exercise, integration of routines such as expressing empathy, managing stress using various alternative therapies, psychological or physiological, focusing on nutrition to ensure optimal growth and development of children through proper care education.” . Couples are advised to celebrate the success of staying connected by sharing essential resources. The key to effectively dealing with postpartum depression lies in a holistic approach that involves both emotional as well as practical support.”