Couples usually look forwards to conception and childbirth, with lots of excitement and anticipation (that is expected under normal circumstances). This great expectation almost always plays out that when the child eventually comes, it is referred to as a bundle of joy. Howbeit, changes in responsibility and lifestyle often come with childbirth for women (and men).

For a good number of women, coming along with their bundles of joy is a state of emotional despair that can be so referred to as a purse of woe. This is a situation where a mother feels depressed and miserable after childbirth. This occurrence is referred to as post-partum depression. It is characterized by intense sadness, sleeplessness, incessant crying, thought problems, feeling jaded, suicide ideation, and many other symptoms of depression. This depressive state can last up to a year and recur at subsequent childbirths.

Many factors can cause post-partum depression but the consensus is that biological/hormonal changes during pregnancy and after childbirth are the most indictable. Some sociocultural factors may also contribute to this experience. Taking up new parental roles, having to dedicate both night and day to taking care of the baby, halting careers to fit these new responsibilities can all contribute to post-partum depression. Genetics can also be a contributing factor.

The awareness of the condition in our society can be said to be very low. People encountering this disorder may either overlook it or mistake it for other conditions thereby making the affected women go through the harrowing experience with little or no help due to lack of appropriate information.

There is help, however, for those who seek it at the right channels. Treatments usually include medication, psychotherapy and social support. These can be combined at the instance. We might say that social support from spouses, close friends and relatives are the main form of help easily available to people in our country. Mass education on the condition is cardinal in order to raise awareness and help for the bevy of women (and sometimes men) facing the challenge of post-partum depression.

If you or anyone you know has any issues with post-partum depression or any other emotional or psychological distress, you may reach out to the author of this blog on 08035823047/Whatsapp.