My Perinatal Depression
Depression can take many forms. In my case, the first signs of depression appeared quite early on, in the first trimester of my pregnancy. A friend of mine who is a nurse pointed out that I didn’t look normal.
When she used the word “depression”, I wiped it away. No, I’m a psychiatrist, I would know! Looking back, she wasn’t wrong. Throughout my pregnancy, I had lost the desire to do activities, to see people, and for an active, social person like me, this was very abnormal.
After the birth of my son, this weariness reached another level. I just didn’t want to go back to work anymore. In a field like mine, where work is a huge part of one’s schedule and identity, this was perceived in a strange way. My colleagues also talked to me about postpartum depression. They were also right.