Get Through Postpartum Depression


Postpartum or postnatal depression is more than just the “baby blues.” It occurs when the “baby blues” do not go away after the first month of having a baby.

If you suspect that you are suffering from postpartum depression, it’s important to know that you are not alone, and there are ways you can get through these feelings.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 15 percent of new moms may develop postpartum depression, some of which develop mild-to-moderate depression while others experience major depression.

What Are the Signs of Postpartum Depression?

Signs and symptoms of postpartum depression vary from woman to woman and may include some of the following feelings:

  • • Afraid of being alone with your new baby
  • • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • • Concentration loss
  • • Inability to care for yourself or your new baby
  • • Irritability
  • • Energy loss
  • • Guilty feelings
  • • Lack of interest in your new baby
  • • Loss of interest in everyday activities
  • • Negative thoughts of harming your new baby
  • • Sleep issues
  • • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • • Withdrawn feelings
  • • Worthlessness feelings

How Is Postpartum Depression Treated?

If you believe that you are experiencing postpartum depression, it is important to contact your doctor right away so that you can receive proper treatment, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Extra Help: A new baby can be overwhelming with all of his/her daily needs. It’s important to ask your partner, friends or family members for help with the baby from time to time. You should not be ashamed of asking for help.
  • Psychotherapy: Also referred to as ‘talk therapy,’ psychotherapy may be helpful for some new moms. Specifically, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT) are forms of psychotherapy that have been shown to be helpful in treating postpartum depression.
  • Support Groups: Some women beleive talking about their feelings with women who are experiencing the same issues can be helpful in addition to psychotherapy.
  • Medication: Sometimes antidepressant medications may be prescribed to treat postpartum depression. If you are breast-feeding, be sure to tell your doctor before being prescribed medication.

Source: National Institutes of Health


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