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Postpartum Depression

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Risk factors

You are at risk for postpartum depression if you:

  • Have been previously diagnosed with postpartum depression
  • Experiences depression or anxiety during pregnancy
  • Have a personal or family history of mood disorders or mental illness
  • Have a history of severe PMS
  • Experience social isolation
  • Have a poor support system
  • Have a history of abuse


The symptoms for postpartum depression are different for every woman but may include:

    • Anxiety
    • Feeling overwhelmed
    • Sadness
    • Crying
    • Changes in appetite
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Irritability
    • Anger
    • Mood swings
    • Hopelessness
    • Excessive worries or fears
    • Persistent negative thoughts about yourself or your baby
    • Nightmares or flashbacks of a traumatic birth
    • Racing thoughts
    • Guilt


If your symptoms persist for more than two weeks and become more severe or interfere with activities of daily living, call your doctor. There are programs available for treatment of postpartum depression/anxiety including medical care, support groups and individual counseling. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Chronic, untreated mood disorders can negatively affect every relationship and even can be life-threatening.

Remember, you are not alone. You are not to blame. Your experience is real, and help is available. The longer you wait for treatment, the harder it is to treat postpartum depression. If you don’t like how you are feeling, call your doctor. Tell someone.

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