Postpartum Anxiety: The “Hidden Disorder” Affecting New Moms
What is Postpartum Anxiety?
How Long Does Anxiety Last?
It would be immensely comforting to have an expected end date for PPA – however, each woman’s experience is unique, meaning that the length of an episode is dependent on a number of variables, including:
- The severity of your PPA
- Personal history of anxiety/depression
- Home environment, safety
- Level of support from spouse, friends, and family
- How long you waited to reach out for help
- Amount of time dedicated to treatment and self-care
Generally, with proper treatment, it’s accepted that postpartum anxiety should be resolved by the time your baby turns one. You may still experience some low-grade anxiety over time.
Signs of Postpartum Anxiety
General signs of postpartum anxiety include:
- Constant worrying
- Fear that something bad is going to happen
- Changes in eating habits, sleeping habits
- Uncontrollable, racing thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble remaining still
- Physical tension
- Hot flashes
- Intrusive thoughts