How does post-partum depression affect the mother-child relationship?

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  • Rinkle Jain
    Rinkle Jain   Jul 01, 2017 08:10 PM

    Hey there,

    Post-partum Depression is generally observed among up to 15% of mothers. It is characterised by symptons like sadness, anxiety, irritation, crying, sleep deprivation, changes in eating pattern etc. Although the disorder is observed in males also, it is more common in females. The disorder is considerered to be severe or abnormal (as most of the mothers experince instability after giving birth) if the symptons lasts for more than 2 weeks. If the symptons lasts for more than 2 weeks then the patient is in the need of clinical attention. Post-Partum Depression affects the mother-child relationship to a great extent. If not given immediate attention, the disorder tends to suffice for a very long time. As a infant, it is very important to have a caregiver around because that is first relationship they ever form. When the mother suffers from PPD, she's unavailable for the child. And when she is unavailable, it affects the relationship because the mother isn't the immediate care giver and hence the child tends to choose the people who are available over those who aren't. As the child grows, the gap between the mother and child can increse. This is the psychological aspect of PPD's effect on mother-child relationship. According to biological perspective, the child may carry the genes acquired from the mother suffering from PPD. These genes can result into bi-polar disorder, depression and other mood disorders. This may not directly affect the early child-mother relationship but will take a toll on the child's psychological health. However, the social environment is a greater factor in triggering this genes. 

  • stuti kumari
    stuti kumari   Jun 30, 2017 11:05 PM

    Postpartum depression is the type of depression you may get after having a baby. In this one feels sad, hopeless and guilty and the lack of bond with the baby.Postpartum depression not only affects the first time moms but also during the second and third time.

    There are many causes for this , including hormones, history of depression, stress and problems in one's life etc.

    One can tell the difference between anxiety or depression by looking at their symptom. Symptoms of anxiety include anxious thoughts, unexplained physical sensation, avoidant or self protective behaviour. Symptoms of deprssion include:

    *feeling sad or hopelees.

    *lack of interest or fun in activities that used to be fun.

    *difficulty in concentrating, remembering or making decisions.

    *thoughts of death and suicide.

    *changes in appetite and weight.

    *physical pain or aches without any physical cause; lack of energy.

    Yes, These conditions often impact children's chances of long term success,and can lead to lower levels of education, increased risk of poverty and a host of mental and physical disorders.

    Given such long consequences, it's all the more vital that we develop a proactive support system with mothers and fathers (they may be affected too) affilicted with postpartum disorder.

    SAKSHI BAJAJ   Jun 30, 2017 05:45 PM


    I would like to start by saying that you have raised a very pertinent question and something that women have been going through forever, but is only gaining recognition now. Getting pregnant, the gestation period and delivery of the child are all drastic life events that take place in a woman's life. There is no denying that the father also experiences these major alterations but the affect it has on the woman can't be compared since the baby is directly connected to her. This disorder can affect both the sexes but the number of females that are victim to this, is more. That's plain biology. since this has been affecting a large population, it's time we start addressing this issue as a real illness/condition/disorder whatever one might want to call it. The bottom line is, it's real. And it's happening, so people need to stop saying, 'you just had a baby, get over it, be happy' and all other ignorant comments that go around. 

    Now, coming to your query, Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety or OCD are two different disorders. Just like depression and anxiety are. They should not be clubbed into one. Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that is related to childbirth and the symptoms are particularly obvious in the first 12 months of the birth of the baby. Some of the common symptoms of PPD are :

    • You are overwhelmed by the whole event of giving birth and then taking care of your child, and not in a good way. You are constantly feeling inadequate as a mother and questioning your decision to have a child. 
    • You are having thoughts like your baby deserves better and you're not that good a mother. Toxic thoughts like your baby would be better off without you are crossing your mind.
    • You are getting annoyed at the slightest of things that are happening around you. You do not feel the bond between your baby and you. 
    • The complete opposite could be that you feel absolutely numb. You are doing the chores without feeling anything.
    • You are constantly crying and the feeling that something's wrong never really goes away. 

    Whereas postpartum anxiety and ocd can be identified as :

    • Your mind is racing. You can't calm down at any time of the day. There is nothing that relaxes you.
    • You are constsntly worried about the baby. Not in a good way. More like the paranoia is engulfing. 
    • You are paranoid about cleanliness of and around the baby. You are repeatedly washing clothes, bottles, nipples.
    • You feel the need to check things repeatedlly. The door locks, the baby alarm, safety gate locks etc. 
    • You keep questioning yourself whether you're missing something or doing things right. 
    • When it feels like taking care of the baby is not a happy part of your life but more of a task. 

    There are many other symptoms that can be included in the list but these are the most common ones that people go through. You might expereience a few or all of these. If you experience these in any way or form it might be a good time to seek help. Pregnancy can be very difficult and you need someone to hold your hand and help you navigate through it. 

    Also, if the symptoms persist it will have a negative affect on your baby and your relationship. It's very important to create a positive environment for the baby to grow up in. All the best to all mothers and fathers out there! You can brave this.


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