Baby & Child Mental Health
Typically only last a couple of weeks before symptoms go away.
After two weeks your baby blues don’t go away
Depression symptoms become more intense
Within one year of delivery, your depression symptoms begin and last more than two weeks
You are struggling to work or get things done at home
You're having a hard time caring for yourself and/or your baby (e.g., eating, sleeping, bathing)
You're having thoughts of hurting yourself and/or your baby
Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D. Many people during the winter get depressed from the lack of sunlight. Spend 30 minutes a day outside or try taking a Vitamin D supplement.
Although most people don’t feel like exercising when they are depressed, it helps improve blood flow, reduce stress, and release endorphins which is the feel-good chemical our body releases.
B vitamins are vital for optimal brain functions, hence their deprivation is linked with depression in individuals. Try taking a daily vitamin B12 supplement or eating foods such as fish, eggs, and poultry.
Contact with another human has been found to trigger the release of oxytocin, which is believed to minimize the risk for depressive symptoms as well as decrease maternal stress.
Essential oils can improve your mood. You can diffuse essential oils into the air, dissolve them in a bath, apply them during a massage, or use other methods to spread their aroma. Some of the popular oils to try are: jasmine, clary sage, and lavender.
Meditation has been shown to be helpful in treating and preventing postpartum depression. There are a lot of meditation apps to help you get started.
Luckily there are a lot of warning signs similar to postpartum depression that you can look out for in new parents. An important statistic to keep in mind is that the condition occurs more frequently 3-6 months after birth rather than in the immediate months after becoming a new parent.
Feelings of being excluded from the relationship between birthing parent and baby
Suffering extreme anxiety or panic attacks
Lack of interest in sex
Internal conflict between how you think you should be and how you actually are
Less socializing and avoiding friends
Performing poorly at work