Local Mother Shares Her Experience With Postpartum Depression 11/10/13
CBS 7 News
November 10, 2013
ODESSA, TX-Having a baby is suppose to be a time filled with joy and excitement, or so one would think, but for many mothers it can be the complete opposite.
A local Odessa mother says she had always dreamed of becoming a mother, but when the day finally came, motherhood was nothing like she ever would've imagined and felt guilty, wanting to wake up from what felt like a nightmare.
Colleen Rimer, a mother of two boys, could hardly wait to start a family with her husband, but this dream of hers was anything but a fairytale.
"I didn't want to be a mom, I felt like maybe it was a mistake to have him," said Rimer.
Shortly after Rimer gave birth to her first son, Wyatt, she didnít feeling like herself. She says she was always irritated, overwhelmed, and felt hopeless.
"You're suppose to enjoy your kids and not feel guilty about not wanting to be around them," said Rimer.
For four months Rimer kept these unexplainable feelings of not wanting to be a mom to herself, before finally seeking medical attention.
"I didn't want people to judge me or take my kid away, because I was feeling like this," said Rimer.
Dr. Bobby Jain, a Psychiatrist at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, says with the sudden hormonal changes that take place after birth, it isn't abnormal for women to feel this way.
"The new DSM-5, this is the bible for psychiatry, now is recognizing postpartum depression as a major entity, and that means women should be screened for depression after child birth," said Dr. Jain.
Postpartum Depression can be treated, Dr. Jain says within a couple of weeks, or so, depending on the seriousness of the depression.
As for Rimer, she's moving forward and loving life as mother and wants other mothers who are in the same situation to know they are not alone.
"Don't be embarrassed by it, a lot of people are embarrassed, but I don't think you should, itís best that you go see a doctor, thereís a lot of help out there now for it," said Rimer.
Dr. Jain says often time many people don't realize they have postpartum depression, and not only do new mothers go through this, but so do new fathers.
Though the percentage is much lower for men, anyone who is feeling like they're unfit to be a parent or are overwhelmed, should seek help, whether it be through medication or counseling.
Postpartum Depression symptoms do not go away and interfere with the ability to function on a daily basis according to Dr. Jain.
The following are signs and symptoms of the illness: lack of motivation, withdrawal from friends and family, exhaustion, thoughts of harming baby or self, change in appetite, trouble doing daily tasks, feeling hopeless, frequent crying and feelings of guilt.
To learn more about post partum depression and its symptoms contact your local doctor.