When we think about postpartum depression, we think of typical depression symptoms such as feeling sad, weepy, having no energy and getting little joy from life. A common and misunderstood symptom of postpartum depression can be intense anger or perhaps even rage after having their baby. Many moms describe being so angry with their partners. They will say things like, “I just want to rip his face off.”
And these are not women who have displayed this kind of anger beforehand so it is shocking to both them and their partner. They may think that motherhood has just turned them into a “bitch.” But that is not true.
Sleep deprivation can leave us feeling more irritable and cranky, but this goes beyond that. If you are experiencing intense anger or rage, it is important to be assessed for possible postpartum depression so you can get the help you need.
Speaking with a therapist or your doctor is an important first time and help is available to help you feel more like yourself. This is not your fault, you are not to blame – this is a medical condition that is impacting you and good treatments options are available.