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Could Britney be suffering from postpartum depression too?

couldbritneydepressiontoo.jpgBritney Spears’ hospital stay has been extended to two more weeks. But before this, she made sure to fill the news with her antics, of driving around in her new car and getting lost, then getting hysterical. Britney supposedly has been prescribed with medications for bipolar disorder too, which she did not take and thus aggravated her condition.

There have been a lot of speculations already as to why Britney is going through a very bad meltdown. Some say her break-up with former boyfriend Justin Timberlake unhinged her. Some say it’s the break-up of her marriage. Some also say that this is a result of too much (fame, fortune) too soon.

Most probably, it’s a combination of all these. I also think postpartum depression should be added to the list of contributing factors.

Mayo Clinic states that symptoms of postpartum depression vary depending on the form of depression:

Signs and symptoms of the baby blues ? which last only a few days or weeks ? may include:

~ Anxiety
~ Sadness
~ Irritability
~ Crying
~ Headaches
~ Exhaustion
~ A sense of inadequacy

Postpartum depression may appear to be the baby blues at first ? but the signs and symptoms are more intense and longer lasting, eventually interfering with your ability to function. In addition to the signs and symptoms listed above, you may experience:

~ Constant fatigue
~ Lack of joy in life
~ A sense of emotional numbness or failure
~ Withdrawal from family and friends
~ Lack of concern for yourself or your baby
~ Excessive concern for your baby
~ Less interest in sex
~ Severe mood swings
~ Impaired thinking or concentration
~ Insomnia

With postpartum psychosis ? a rare condition that develops within the first six weeks after delivery ? the signs and symptoms are even more severe. In addition to the signs and symptoms listed above, you may experience:

~ Fear of harming yourself or your baby
~ Confusion and disorientation
~ Hallucinations and delusions
~ Paranoia

We have to remember that Britney was the Pop Princess for a long time, with everything going for her. But then she was suddenly married. Then she got pregnant. And within months of delivering Sean Preston (now two years old), she was pregnant again with Jayden James (now sixteen months old).

Especially during her first pregnancy, the tabloids have not been kind to her. Imagine being pregnant, with all your hormones raging, and being called fat and ugly at the same time? Imagine being under the mercy of paparazzi when you’re dealing with the changes in your life and the impact of the baby on your marriage?

And then her parenting skills were also criticized. I am not saying she didn’t make some bad calls but I will also not pretend to know how it felt like to be called a ‘bad mother’ by the press.

Having a baby was one of the more difficult times in my life. I only got to enjoy its rewards because I got steady and unconditional support from people who truly loved me. But every little thing can get to you. Every little thing can seem personal. And having to deal with so many changes is already enough to make a woman go mental, however briefly.

So imagine being Britney.

And then consider the fact that it’s not unheard of to hear extreme cases wherein a mother ends up committing suicide or killing her child/children because of postpartum depression. Britney dressing up and going on drinking binges and smashing her car on other cars is actually still tame, only her tricks usually make front-page news.

So could Britney be suffering from postpartum depression too? I say, highly likely.

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