Who does it affect?
Because the concept of postpartum rage as a separate mood disorder has not officially been established, there is no solid data available at this time. Postpartum mood disorders can affect any mother. This is true even if she did not experience it after previous births.
Aside from mothers, postpartum rage can indirectly affect household members. Without understanding the emotional struggles of a mother, a partner may react negatively and stop being supportive. In turn, young children who are exposed to parents with mood disorders may pick up emotional problems as they get older.
You can experience both depression and rage together. In fact, it has been shown that anger management issues on top of depression can worsen and prolong depression. Depression is more than just a mental disorder because it can also make you more prone to illness and reduces your quality of life.
In short, postpartum rage can affect everyone, either directly or indirectly.
What causes postpartum rage?
Unfortunately, there is no single cause for rage. Much like depression and other disorders, several factors come into play. Age, hormonal status, pre-existing conditions, family history, and even the weather can play a role in developing mood disorders.
Fluctuations in hormones during and after childbirth can wreak havoc on a woman’s body and mind. This, coupled with physical changes, such as weight gain and stretch marks, can cause feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety. For some mothers, these feelings may come out as postpartum rage or depression.
How can I manage postpartum rage?