I saw a blogger write about irritability and anger as a symptom of postpartum depression today. This is important, because it’s not something people expect when they think of depression. Sadness, yes. Crying, sure. Withdrawal from things they used to enjoy, not surprising. But women can also experience being absolutely furious with everyone around them and mad at the new baby that has brought them to such a confusing time.
Here’s how we describe postpartum anger on our list of PPD symptoms: “You feel irritated or angry. You have no patience. Everything annoys you. You feel resentment toward your baby, or your partner, or your friends who don’t have babies. You feel out-of-control rage.” Not everyone has this symptom, but many do. If you find that it’s one of yours, please don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
If you have anger, rage or irritability as a symptom of postpartum depression, you are not alone. Here are some stories you might find helpful: