Everyone expects having a baby to be a joyous time for a growing family, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, anywhere from 50-85% of women experience baby blues after giving birth, and 7-8% of women develop Postpartum Depression, otherwise known as PPD. Bringing home a newborn often means less sleep while also taking on more responsibility. It’s no wonder so many women experience the baby blues during this time with symptoms including mood swings, irritability, insomnia, and anxiousness.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Whether you’ve been personally impacted by someone who has attempted suicide or not, we can all do something to help. Suicidal thoughts and tendencies don’t discriminate amongst age, gender, or religion. According to the CDC, suicide was the tenth overall leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2017; It was the second leading cause of death among 10-34 year olds and the fourth leading cause of death among those aged 35-54.
Hollywood movies are known for thrilling audiences, making people laugh, and entertaining millions of viewers with horror, comedy, and everything in between. While these movies are known for captivating audiences worldwide, famous characters don’t always relate to the real-life people they are meant to portray. Some of the biggest victims to suffer from this disconnect are those who suffer from mental illness.
Many people are familiar with the term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but few may realize that they may be suffering from it. It’s commonly recognized that military veterans may experience PTSD, but they are not the only group of people who may suffer from it. Experiencing any traumatic event in life can lead to developing PTSD, such as childhood abuse, a car accident, domestic violence, or a toxic relationship.
There’s no guidebook or set directions to raising kids, and it is certainly no easy feat. Parents always do the best they can teaching kids about the rules of society, such as sharing toys and completing chores to build responsibility, but being human doesn’t end there. As parents teach their kids about the importance of being active and eating healthy, it’s also important to realize that we consume a lot more than just food. We consume information and everything around us, and with technology and social media, kids are being fed a lot these days. Now more than ever it’s important to teach kids about the importance of mental health and how to handle the emotions that come with being human.
Having a baby and growing your family is a beautiful thing, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Bringing home your newborn is a joyful occasion, but it can also cause anxiety and trigger mood swings. Experiencing the “baby blues” after childbirth is common, and typically lasts anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. This can include difficulty sleeping, crying fits, and experiencing anxiety or other mood swings. For some women, however, it takes a much more serious form as postpartum depression.
As the Lehigh Valley transitions into the green phase and businesses begin to open back up and lessen restrictions that were placed amid COVID, many people will be eager to resume their “normal” lives. However, there will also be some individuals who will be apprehensive and fear leaving their home and returning to a social lifestyle following months of quarantine.
Doctors and medical workers who fight COVID-19 on the front lines have been rightfully praised and celebrated by many for their diligent work, but few have addressed the toll the pandemic has had on their mental health.