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More than just the “baby blues,” postpartum depression occurs when these so-called “baby blues” do not go away after the first month of giving birth.
If you suspect that someone you know (perhaps yourself) is suffering from postpartum depression, it’s important to know that there are ways to get through these feelings without taking any medications such as antidepressants.
About 15 percent of new mothers develop postpartum depression, according to the National Instituted of Health. Of these, some experience mild-to-moderate depression while others experience major depression.
Signs and symptoms of postpartum depression vary from woman to woman and may include some of the following:
Treatment for postpartum depression may include medication, psychotherapy or both. Some non-medication oriented treatments may include:
Source: National Institutes of Health
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