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Postpartum Depression

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It’s estimated that about 1 out of 7 women suffers from postpartum depression (PPD) after childbirth. The condition can strike before delivery or any time after but most commonly begins within a week or month after birth. New dads can experience PPD as well. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of PPD include:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless or overwhelmed most of the time
  • Feeling worried, anxious or panicky a lot
  • Having severe mood swings, anger or rage
  • Losing interest in activities that are usually enjoyable
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Having difficulty making decisions
  • Having trouble bonding with baby
  • Thinking about harming yourself or baby

Treatment usually consists of talking to a mental health professional, medication and/or joining a support group. For most individuals who seek help, PPD goes away within a few months. If you are feeling depressed, empty or constantly teary, contact your healthcare provider right away.

Sources:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/postpartum-depression-facts/index.shtml

https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/postpartum-depression.aspx