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Couple reveals ordeal with post-pregnancy depression and how to spot the signs

DECCAN CHRONICLE | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 7, 2017, 1:14 pm IST
Updated Jun 7, 2017, 1:14 pm IST
Representational Image. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Representational Image. (Photo: Pixabay)

In today's world, women are being encouraged to talk about the once stigmatised topic, postpartum depression (PPD)

PPD usually occurs in women after the birth of their child. It is a more severe form of depression. Women with this kind of anxiety have trouble bonding with the baby. Many women still feel ashamed to reveal they have experienced it for fear of being judged. That is exactly how mom-of-four Jamie Fuller, from Virgina felt about her condition until recently.

Fuller has experienced postpartum anxiety twice, according to the Daily Mail. Even though Jamie was in turmoil, she felt the need to hide her anxiety. It wasn't until she saw other mothers share their experiences with PPD on social media that she was able to embrace what she too had.

Jamie said she was rushed to the emergency room after experiencing an anxiety attack right after giving birth to her second child in 2011. Jamie told the Daily Mail she couldn't function or focus. Her anxiety eventually went away on it's own but returned in 2015 during her fourth pregnancy. A psychiatrist prescribed her Zoloft for her anxiety and she slowly started to be able to function again.

Jamie decided to launch a series on her website Mommy in Flats, sharing her tale with PPD and a guide on how to spot the symptoms to help others.
 
Jamie's husband Jonathan also got involved to help partners understand how they can understand and support the mother. He recommends the most important things a partner can do is simply support them and not attempt to fix them.

Jamie shared with the Daily Mail the 10 signs of PPD to look out for:
1.  Irritability
2.  Palpitations
3.  Tend to be more obsessive
4.  Loss of appetite
5.  Heightened sense of hearing
6.  Insomnia and other sleep conditions
7.  Emotional outbursts or lack of emotion
8.  Unusual weight loss or gain
9.  Unable to concentrate or relax
10. Not enjoying anything

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