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Post Partum Depression

Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later. Most of the time, it occurs within the first 3 months after delivery.  Women commonly have mood changes during pregnancy, especially after delivery. These mood changes may be caused by changes in hormone levels or other personal factors.

 

Feelings of anxiety, irritation, tearfulness, and restlessness are common in the week or two after pregnancy. These feelings are often called the postpartum or "baby blues." These symptoms almost always go away soon, without the need for treatment.

 

Postpartum depression may occur when the baby blues do not fade away or when signs of depression start 1 or more months after childbirth.

Symptoms of Post Partum Depression:

  • Depression

  • Lack of interest in your infant

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Inability to eat

  • Neglected appearance

  • Anxiety

  • Hopelessness

  • Poor Hygiene

  • Withdrawn behavior

  • Thoughts of hurting the infant

  • Hallucinations

  • Monotone voice

  • Uncontrollable crying

If you suspect you or a loved one has many symptoms within 3 months of giving birth, call your OB GYN immediately. Also seeking therapy can be very helpful.


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Rae Louise Stern, L.M.S.W., A.C.P., L.M.F.T.
 
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