A source within singer Beyonce's camp told Sandrarose.com exclusively that the first-time mom is feeling sad and having trouble sleeping at night. The source revealed that Beyonce, 30, is having difficulty handling her duties as a mom to 7-week old daughter, Blue Ivy. "She's depressed and she's losing weight because she won't eat," said the source.
If this is true, Beyonce may be suffering from a clinical depression known as Postpartum Depression. Postpartum depression, which affects women after childbirth, can also affect women who have not given birth.
Postpartum Depression is not to be confused with the normal "baby blues" that some women feel in the weeks after childbirth, including moodiness and teariness. Postpartum Depression is more severe and the symptoms lasts longer than a few weeks.
Postpartum depression can occur when a woman feels sad, lonely and overwhelmed by a lack of support from her husband. According to my source, Beyonce thought a baby would improve her relations with Jay Z, 43, who spends a great deal of time at the studio.
But, according to my source, Jay Z is gone even more now that Blue Ivy has arrived. "He's finished working on his album, and now other projects take up all of his time," said the source.
"Beyonce is disappointed that Jay Z didn't keep his promise to spend more time with her and the baby," said the confidential source.
According to the MayoClinic, there is no single cause of postpartum depression. But many factors can lead to the symptoms of postpartum depression, including a pre-existing emotional condition that is exacerbated by the simple duties of childcare.
Emotional problems can be compounded by anxiety caused by a woman's inability to care for a demanding newborn.
A woman, who has not necessarily given birth, may feel less attractive or struggle with her sense of identity once an infant comes between her and her husband. She may feel that she's lost control over her life. The demands of a newborn can make you feel tired, sluggish or exhausted. You are more likely to get postpartum depression if you have a history of emotional instability, depression or bipolar disorder in your family.
Signs (what you see) and Symptoms (what you feel) can include:
Seek treatment immediately if any of these signs and symptoms lasts longer than three weeks!
Postpartum psychosis is a rare condition that typically appears two weeks after childbirth. It is more severe and requires immediate treatment by a psychologist. Postpartum Depression and Postpartum psychosis are emergencies.
Signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis may include:
(not just thinking about it)
Postpartum Depression and Postpartum psychosis are emergencies. You must see a doctor immediately if you're feeling depressed of having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby after your baby's birth (or after adopting an infant), if your symptoms don't fade after two weeks. If your anxiety, fatigue, sleepless nights seems to be getting worse.
Treatment for postpartum depression includes antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, hormone therapy, and counseling. Getting early treatment for postpartum depression can speed your recovery.
With appropriate treatment, postpartum depression usually goes away within a few months. In some cases, postpartum depression lasts up to a year or more. It's important to continue treatment after you begin to feel better, however. Stopping treatment too early may only lead to a relapse.
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Postpartum Depression - MayoClinic
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