Depression in New Mothers Is More Common Than You Think

According to WHO, about 22% of mothers in India suffer from PPD.

The birth of a child is expected to be a happy moment in a woman’s life. However, the transition to motherhood demands adjustments and adaptation to one’s own as well as the child’s needs.

The process of adjustment can lead to psychological disorders and the risk can be higher during the postpartum period in a woman’s life.

Most mothers may be unwilling to reveal what they are going through due to embarrassment or the fear of being separated from their baby. Due to this, many women with PPD may remain undiagnosed.

The purpose of this survey was to assess the prevalence and effects of PPD based on doctors’ practice experience.

A total of 101 doctors responded to our survey, which comprised 70.30% of gynaecologists/ obstetricians and 29.70% of general practitioners.

A total of 89.11% of physicians stated that they have come across patients with PPD at some point, while 5.94% mentioned PPD was diagnosed in most of their patients.

According to our doctors, the number of PPD-affected mothers (61.39%) may increase in the future, whereas 32.67% of the doctors think that there will definitely be a rise in the count of women suffering from PPD.

The majority of the doctors (89.11%) agreed that PPD could lead to chronic or recurrent depression at some point.

75.25% of our doctors stated that PPD in mothers can have an impact on the newborn child and 15.84% of physicians agreed that its effect on the newborn baby may be observed sometimes.

Maximum doctors (83.17%) were of the opinion that drugs, psychotherapy, and empathetic support play a vital role in treating PPD.

In addition, few of our doctors acknowledged that patient counselling about the changes that occur in a postpartum woman, exercise, yoga, meditation, healthy diet, and family support are also essential for managing PPD.

Just as every newborn baby takes time to get used to the world, newborn mothers too need support to adjust to their new world. Timely detection, right treatment, and support can help new mothers overcome PPD.

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