Rage, anger, or irritability — however you identify these feelings, they’re scary. They come as a surprise. They can create shame. Part of the problem is that when we withhold this information, we feel increasingly lonely.
So what is postpartum rage exactly? Women report feeling intense anger or rage in instances that they believe should not illicit such a strong response. Small annoyances are often the culprit. For example, a mom may report that not having a specific grocery item, having something left out by a partner (a dirty dish, etc), unable to find something, or baby refusing nap may set off this undesirable rage. It may be completely uncharacteristic of her. This is often a sign of something else going on and needs to be addressed.
Rage is often a symptom of something else (in most cases anxiety or depression)
If you are experiencing symptoms of postpartum rage or anger, discuss this with your provider.
Is this something you’ve struggled with?
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