When a new mom experiences more than the typical concern about her child’s health, it might be worth considering that something other than new motherhood, such as postpartum depression (PPD) or postpartum anxiety is to blame. Lindsay Henderson, PsyD, a psychologist who treats patients virtually via telehealth app LiveHealth Online, encourages new mothers to consider anxiety as one of the many postpartum depression symptoms. “You are now suddenly responsible for every single aspect of this brand new human’s safety and well-being, how could you not feel worried and overwhelmed?” she asks. “That’s why it can be important to rely on those around you to help you recognize any signs or symptoms of depression.” Check out the 16 things every parent wants you to know.
You are irritable
The early days of motherhood are filled with very little sleep, lots of new responsibilities, and oftentimes a lack of real support from those around you. All of this can result in feelings of irritability or anger. You know yourself best, however, so if you find yourself lashing out unexpectedly over the smallest things, it might be tied to postpartum depression. “Postpartum depression isn’t a character flaw or a weakness; sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth,” Dr. Henderson says. “Some factors that may place women at a higher risk for postpartum depression include low social support, history of depression or anxiety, and pregnancy or birth complications.” (Here are natural ways to help overcome depression.)