posted Jan 13, 2015, 7:32 AM by AndrewandSarah Witzel
Everyone’s recovery from a perinatal mood disorder is a little bit different. Some people recover more quickly than others. Some people have relapses, while others never experience this.
Recovery would be described as the symptoms of the mood disorder either being eliminated, or reduced to a very manageable level. During my recovery, I noticed the following specific changes in my mood and outlook (in addition to better sleep, improved coping skills, etc).
Wishing that there were more hours in the day, rather than counting down the hours to bedtime. This was a sign that I was starting to enjoy life more, rather than just trudging through it.
Renewed creativity - I wanted to do art, write, and start new hobbies. One of the signs of depression is called “anhedonia” which is a loss of pleasure in activities. Actually wanting to do things again showed that this symptom was lessening.
- Enjoying parenting more. One morning I remember not getting much housework done. Usually it was because I felt all blah and fatigued, but this day it was because I was having too much fun playing with my daughter - definitely a change!