Difference Between Ordinary Depression And Post Partum Depression?

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Is depression common with PPD (or postpartum depression) the same?

1 Answer:

Hello Msglow,


Thank you for the question.

Post-delivery, most new mothers will experience a period of baby blues, which is characterized by unstable moods, excessive anxiety, easy sadness and crying without cause, sleep disturbance, changes in appetite, irritability, feeling unable to carry out duties as a good mother, difficulty concentrating, and many other complaints arise. Naturally, these baby blues will improve by themselves within a few days to several weeks after delivery, provided that they are handled properly.


But sometimes, this condition can also continue to deteriorate and occur prolonged until a longer time, to interfere with the activities and functions of the mother's self, even raises the desire to do negative actions, both on herself, or even the baby being cared for. In this condition, usually the mother will experience complaints that are far more severe than ordinary baby blues, feel helpless, feel guilty, tend to isolate themselves from relationships, often alone, rarely talk, lazy to do activities that were previously liked, do not want to take care of their baby , angry and crying excessively, unable to concentrate and think wisely, often even the desire to hurt or kill herself and the baby often appear. This condition is called post partum depression (PPD). Although the clinical symptoms can be the same, but of course, this condition is different from ordinary depression, because the trigger is a postpartum condition. PPD is more prone to be experienced by mothers who basically do experience depression or other psychiatric disorders. Unsupportive environmental conditions, difficulties in breastfeeding her baby (for example due to lack of milk production or baby confused nipples), have poor family support, experience economic problems, get pregnant outside the plan, or also experience severe traumatic events in their lives, such as when after losing someone dear, having problems with work, and so on.


Both patients with PPD and ordinary depression are still required to check their condition directly to the doctor or psychiatrist. That way, an in-depth psychiatric interview can be conducted to explore the possible causes of the complaint, assess the severity of the condition, and then give it the right treatment. After an upright diagnosis of PPD or depression, later treatment can be done by administering several types of drugs, psychotherapy, family therapy, and so on.


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