Do I have the “Baby Blues” or symptoms of Postpartum Depression?
Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression? After having a baby, 25%-75% of new mothers suffer some degree of depression. Baby Blues is a mild form of this depression, a more serious form is known as Postpartum Depression, and the most severe form is called Postpartum Psychosis where the baby and/or mother may be at risk of injury or death. Contributing factors to Postpartum Depression are hormone changes and lifestyle changes like lack of sleep, being indoors a lot, and the new responsibilities of caring for a newborn. The cause is unknown and can occur anytime up to a year after giving birth. Watching for signs of postpartum depression often becomes the responsibility of the partner or family and friends. It is usually short-lived and goes away without treatment with strong support, loving care, and somone to talk to. If you recently had a baby and are feeling despondent, tired, emotional swings, and loss of appetite, you may be experiencing Postpartum Depression. Take this quick assessment to learn more about the symptoms of Postpartum Depression and help you determine whether or not you might be suffering from it.