Postpartum Depression among Teenage Mothers

Many pregnant teens feel stressed and nervous about becoming parents, but most of them also hope they’ll be happy and excited when their babies are born. Teens, don’t prepare for the chance that they might become depressed after giving birth. About 15 percent of new moms experience postpartum depression, which occurs within one month of having a baby. Postpartum depression symptoms are similar to the symptoms of major depression. However, a teen experiencing postpartum depression will also have trouble bonding with her baby and may have thoughts of harming herself or the baby.

A teenager who gives birth will suddenly realize that her life has to change. She might have to quit school, get homeschooled and work multiple jobs. Her social life will change dramatically and support networks might disappear. All of these things–plus changes in hormones–can lead to depression.

Signs and Symptoms:                                                                                   

The signs and symptoms include:

  • overwhelming sadness
  • irritability,
  • trouble eating
  • sleeping problems
  • difficulty concentrating
  • fatigue,
  • loss of pleasure and sex drive
  • Thoughts of suicide.

Causes

It can be caused by a combination of the physical changes that occur after childbirth, emotional factors, such as sleep deprivation, and lifestyle factors, such as financial problems. Major depression can be caused by a blend of genetic factors, abnormal amounts of chemicals in a teen’s brain and environmental issues.

Treatment

Treatment includes medication and therapy. With postpartum depression, doctors might also recommend hormone therapy. The most common form of medication used are antidepressants. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is often used in treating adolescent depression. The therapist would help the teen mom understand how her thoughts affect her emotions and behaviors and teach the teen mom behavioral techniques to reduce symptoms of depression.

Warning

Teen moms who are having thoughts of hurting themselves or their babies need immediate help. You can get help for your teen by taking her to your local psychiatric emergency room, contacting her therapist or calling the police. Monitor her with her baby until she gets the help she needs, and her mood stabilizes.

If you need support, feel free to join out online teenage pregnancy support group here

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