Postpartum Depression and Regular Depression: Spotting What Is Different
Postpartum depression and regular depression do have similar qualities making them easy to mistake for each other. Some women may brush off their postpartum depression and mark it off as "regular depression" because they are only familiar with regular depression or have suffered with depression before. Both conditions may cause sleep conditions, constant feelings of anger, sadness or guilt, a loss of interest in things they once loved as well as a feeling of hopelessness. However, as similar as they are, they are also different.
Regular depression can hit at any point in time with no real reason. Many women may feel frustrated with being depressed particularly if they feel they do not have a good reason for feeling that way. Regular depression may affect men, women and children of all ages, races and in all circumstances.
Postpartum depression differs from regular depression in the fact that it usually develops in women as soon as a few weeks after they have given birth or up to a year later. It is important to note there is a huge difference in a new mom who is suffering from a bout of the "baby blues" as they are called and postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can also occur as late as a year after a new mom has given birth which can greatly confuse the mom into mistaking it for regular depression.
Many mothers who develop postpartum depression go on to say that they feel exhausted, yet are unable to sleep or have irregular sleep cycles. Contributing factors to these irregular sleep cycles may include problems with feeding the baby, the baby going through odd stages of teething or having colic. Moms with postpartum depression may also feel very sad and indifferent towards their baby, spouse, family and friends often leading them to feeling very guilty about their condition and not being able to understand what is happening to them.
Just as with regular depression, postpartum depression can and does happen to women of all ages, races and circumstances who have given birth within a year. There is no rhyme or reason and while there may be some factors that help to contribute to it such as a lack of support, a difficult birth or just a hard time adjusting to motherhood itself, no one knows why it affects some women the way it does.