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A: Depression can be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. However, true clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended time.
Fact: Researchers believe that depression is one of the most common complications during and after pregnancy.
Q: What is Postpartum Depression?
Q: What causes postpartum depression?
Feeling tired after delivery, broken sleep patterns, and not enough rest often keeps a new mother from regaining her full strength for weeks.
Q: I cried for a couple of days and felt anxious and lonely right after the birth of my first baby but then I was okay. Did I suffer from postpartum depression?
Fact: There is also a very rare illness called Postpartum Psychosis. Symptoms of postpartum psychosis may include delusions (false beliefs strongly held in spite of evidence saying otherwise), hallucinations (an illusion of perceiving something that is nonexistent), sleep disturbances, and obsessive thoughts about the baby. A woman with postpartum psychosis may have rapid mood swings, from depression to irritability to euphoria (a strong feeling of elation or well-being).
Q: How do I know if I have postpartum depression?
Feeling restless or irritable
After pregnancy, signs of depression may also include
Being afraid of hurting the baby or yourself
If any of this describes you, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider and tell him or her what is going on….
Fact: Some women don't tell anyone about their symptoms because they feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty about feeling depressed when they are supposed to be happy. Depression, during or after pregnancy, can happen to any woman. It does not mean that you are a bad mom!
Q: If I have postpartum depression, do I have to take medicine to get better?
Q: Where can I call for help if I have, or want more information about, postpartum depression?
Note: This information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, please consult your doctor or health care provider.
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Sites, agencies and/or organizations on this list are included for informational use only. Inclusion does not imply endorsement by Northwest Indiana Healthy Start, Northwest Indiana Health Department Cooperative or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the Health Resources and Service Administration). Source: http://womenshealth.gov