Life completely changes when you have a baby. The first few months can feel overwhelming as you settle into your new, and often changing, routine. One thing that most moms deal with after giving birth is some degree of anxiety. But for a few moms, the anxiety can become all-consuming and overwhelming. Postpartum anxiety is a mood disorder that is highly treatable. There are several symptoms to help you know if you have postpartum anxiety and should seek advice from your doctor.
Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz, associate chairman of psychology and director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at UNC at Chapel Hill, told told Parents that postpartum anxiety is considered a hidden disorder because it often goes unrecognized and undiagnosed. Moms often brush their symptoms under the rug, assuming that their anxiety will pass on its own once the baby get older. Many don't talk to their doctors about it out of fear of being labeled a bad mother or out of shame because they believe they are the only moms struggling. This is not the case. In fact, a study in Pediatrics of more than 1,100 new mothers found that 17 percent of moms showed symptoms of postpartum anxiety.
Here are some postpartum anxiety symptoms that you should watch out for. If any of these sound like you, talk to your doctor right away.