Courteney Cox, Amanda Peet , Lisa Rinna, and Kendra Wilkinson experienced Postpartum Depression. Brooke Shields wrote a book about it called Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression; and Gwyneth Paltrow is quoted as saying “I felt like a zombie, I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect ... I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person. ... I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child. But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it’s so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure.”
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real illness caused by changes in psychology, environment, biology, and hormones. PPD is the most common complication of childbirth. Although many women get depressed right after childbirth, some women don't begin to feel depressed until several weeks or months later. Depression that occurs within 6 months of childbirth may be postpartum depression.
The symptoms of postpartum depression affect your quality of life and include:
· Have mood swings
· Feel sad, anxious, or overwhelmed
· Have crying spells
· Lose your appetite
· Have trouble sleeping
Please note that these symptoms are not severe and do not need treatment.
If you think that you may be experiencing PPD, there is a method to be certain. The Edinburgh Scale test can be taken to determine if you may be suffering from this illness.
Edinburgh Scale Test (If you are looking for a PDF version of this test you can find it BELOW.)