"I wanted so much to have this child and now that I have it I feel unhappy and sad. What is happening to me? Why am I not enjoying my baby? Maybe I am not worth being a mother."
These are some reactions that a mother with postpartum depression, a disorder suffered by a large number of women, in silence, in some cases out of ignorance, in others because the mother who is experiencing it herself feels guilty and often feels guilty. defines as a bad and ungrateful person because he does not understand how he can have feelings so different from those that a mother should have after the birth of what she loves most: a child.
Women can experience postpartum depression a few days or even months after they deliver their baby. They experience intensely and in an uncontrolled way feelings of sadness, hopelessness, restlessness, lack of energy, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, lack of appetite, overflow, guilt, anxiety, irritability, which also makes them feel incapable of carrying out their tasks of mother. If left untreated, symptoms often worsen and last up to a year. No one knows exactly what causes PPD. It is only known that hormonal changes in a woman's body, as well as possible low levels of thyroid production, can trigger these symptoms.
There is a type of postpartum depression, called postpartum psychosis, a very serious mental illness that can occur in the first months after delivery, in which the mother loses contact with reality and often has auditory hallucinations and delusions. His behavior is strange and he needs immediate treatment. In some cases, the woman is even required to be admitted to a hospital as she may harm herself or others.
In this context, something explains to me about the two women who, this week, starred in terrible events in the Canary Islands. The first, a 32-year-old woman who had previously undergone fertility treatment, allegedly ended up suffocating her 5-month-old baby, taking his life. In the second case, a six-month-old baby is known who is in critical condition after his mother threw him down a slope on the coast of Fuerteventura. How is it possible that a mother is capable of doing such a thing? Where were they and what attitude did the parents of the creatures have? As a general rule, when pregnant women receive all kinds of care.
But what happens in many cases is that from the moment she gives birth, she loses prominence and becomes in the background. Isn't that an injustice for women? None of this justifies a mother killing her baby, but I do not understand how all this can happen in front of the noses of her partners, her relatives, doctors, without anyone perceiving that this mother needs a greater and special attention. It is always the same: Could it be that it could not have been avoided? Everything would be very different.
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