Post-partum post-traumatic stress disorder: How to cope with this?

The birth of a baby is the most blissful moment for a mother. But it may sometimes turn out to be painful if the mother faces any traumatic experience during the birth or post-delivery of the baby. Mental health professionals call it as Postpartum Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Approximately 9% of mothers experience post-pregnancy PTSD following childbirth.  It can even affect the fathers also but it is twice more likely in mothers.  You should seek help immediately as it can get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby, and your family.

There is the story of Ana Joseph.  Ana delivered a healthy son through LSCS. Ana was going through the most beautiful phase of her life .But on the third day of birth her baby had some problems.  He was sent to NICU from the hospital ward without properly explaining Ana about the condition of her baby and reason for the shift.  The baby was again hospitalized on 9th day for neonatal jaundice.  This experience left her deeply afraid and anxious. She felt like the world is no longer a safe place and she found it difficult to trust the very individuals (health care professionals) who are supposed to be there to help. She started to complain of tiredness and low self-esteem.  Slowly she was also withdrawing contact with the outer world.

Ana was raising the baby without much support.  She has no one to share her feeling and pain as she was raising her son all alone.  She was stressed every day.  She started of complaining about everything.  She was scared of being left alone with her only son for the whole day. She started having breathing problems too.

Ana thought that there had to be a monster lurking inside of her. She believed that her child would be much better off to not have a mother than having her as one.

Ana was one of those million mothers who suffer from post pregnancy traumatic stress disorder.

Treatment of Postpartum Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD)

Many of you might relate to Ana. If the same is also happening with you, you must take support of the mental health professionals. With the right support and help, which include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery

They may help you by:

Counseling

Psychological therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy from mental health professionals helps to relief the symptoms of PTSD.

Antidepressants

Sometimes the doctor prescribes antidepressants in severe cases.

Post-pregnancy PTSD is temporary and easily treatable.  If you think you are suffering from any depression or any type of agony after childbirth, you can consult with our mental health professionals at Advanced Telemedservices. We will like to hear more about your disorder. Call us at: 855-933-3600

We understand you better and will connect with you to the right people who will help you in coping with the stress.

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