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Beyond The Blue: A Comprehensive Guide To Depression-Related Disorders
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What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that affects women after childbirth. It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that can interfere with daily functioning and the ability to care for oneself and the baby. Here are some key points about Postpartum Depression:

Postpartum Depression typically begins within the first few weeks after giving birth, although it can develop anytime within the first year. The duration can vary from a few weeks to several months, depending on the individual.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression may include:

  • Intense feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness.

  • Persistent anxiety, irritability, or restlessness.

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.

  • Fatigue or loss of energy.

  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns (insomnia or excessive sleep).

  • Difficulty bonding with the baby.

  • Feelings of guilt, shame, or worthlessness.

  • Trouble concentrating, making decisions, or remembering details.

  • Recurrent thoughts of harming oneself or the baby.

Postpartum Depression can significantly affect the well-being of both the mother and the baby. It may strain the mother’s ability to care for herself and the baby, impacting bonding and the establishment of a nurturing relationship. Additionally, untreated PPD can have long-term effects on the child’s emotional and cognitive development.

How common is Postpartum Depression in Singapore?

In Singapore, the prevalence of Postpartum Depression (PPD) can vary depending on various factors, including the population studied and the assessment methods used. While specific statistics for Singapore may not be readily available, studies have indicated that PPD is a significant mental health concern globally and can affect women in various cultural and socioeconomic contexts.

It is estimated that around 10% to 15% of women experience PPD following childbirth worldwide. However, it’s important to note that these figures can vary. Factors such as cultural expectations, support systems, access to healthcare, and awareness of PPD can influence the prevalence rates.

In Singapore, efforts have been made to raise awareness about PPD and promote mental health support for new mothers. Maternal mental health initiatives, healthcare professionals, and community organizations have been working together to address the issue and provide resources and support to women experiencing PPD.

If you or someone you know is in Singapore and experiencing symptoms of PPD, it is recommended to reach out to healthcare professionals, such as obstetricians/gynecologists, mental health providers, or postnatal care services, for proper assessment, diagnosis, and support. These professionals can provide personalized guidance and recommend appropriate treatment options tailored to individual needs.