• 09 AUG 16
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    Postpartum depression

    Postpartum depression

    Symptoms: Signs and symptoms of depression after childbirth vary, and they can range from mild to severe.

    Postpartum baby blues symptoms

    Signs and symptoms of ‘baby blues’ — which last only a few days to a week or two after your baby is born — may include:

    Mood swings

    Anxiety

    Sadness

    Irritability

    Feeling overwhelmed

    Crying

    Reduced concentration

    Appetite problems

    Trouble sleeping

    Postpartum depression symptoms

    Postpartum depression may be mistaken for baby blues at first — but the signs and symptoms are more intense and last longer, eventually interfering with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks. Symptoms usually develop within the first few weeks after giving birth, but may begin later — up to six months after birth.

    Symptoms may include:

    Depressed mood or severe mood swings

    Excessive crying

    Difficulty bonding with your baby

    Withdrawing from family and friends

    Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual

    Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much

    Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy

    Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

    Intense irritability and anger

    Fear that you’re not a good mother

    Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy

    Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions

    Severe anxiety and panic attacks

    Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

    Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

    Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.

    Postpartum psychosis

    With postpartum psychosis — a rare condition that typically develops within the first week after delivery — the signs and symptoms are even more severe. Signs and symptoms may include:

    Confusion and disorientation

    Obsessive thoughts about your baby

    Hallucinations and delusions

    Sleep disturbances

    Paranoia

    Attempts to harm yourself or your baby

    Postpartum psychosis may lead to life-threatening thoughts or behaviors and requires immediate treatment.

    When to see a doctor

    If you’re feeling depressed after your baby’s birth, you may be reluctant or embarrassed to admit it. But if you experience any symptoms of postpartum baby blues or postpartum depression, call your doctor and schedule an appointment. If you have symptoms that suggest you may have postpartum psychosis, get help immediately.

    It’s important to call your doctor as soon as possible if the signs and symptoms of depression have any of these features:

    Don’t fade after two weeks

    Are getting worse

    Make it hard for you to care for your baby

    Make it hard to complete everyday tasks

    Include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

    Helping a friend or loved one

    People with depression may not recognize or acknowledge that they’re depressed. They may not be aware of signs and symptoms of depression. If you suspect that a friend or loved one has postpartum depression or is developing postpartum psychosis, help them seek medical attention immediately. Don’t wait and hope for improvement.

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