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Is motherhood not all that you thought it would be? Did you think the first few days and weeks after having a baby would be the happiest time of our life? Instead, do you feel depressed?
Perhaps you feel that your responsibilities as a new mother are overwhelming. If so, it’s important to know that you are not alone.
In fact, up to 15 percent of new mothers suffer from these types of feelings, which are symptoms of postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression that occurs following the birth of a child. It usually occurs within the first three months after giving birth and can last up to a year or more.
Up to 15 out of every 100 new mothers suffer from postpartum depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. About half of them have mild to moderate depression, and the other half suffer from major depression.
Postpartum depression can last about four to six months without treatment. However, if left untreated, it can turn into chronic, long-term depression.
It’s important to know that treatment is available for postpartum depression. Sufferers should not be afraid to talk to their healthcare provider, as well as their husband or partner, about ways to get through this difficult time. Ways to cope with postpartum depression include:
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
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