Postpartum Depression

Although having a baby is a joyous time for most women, it is very common for mothers to feel sad, angry, or anxious after childbirth. Most new mothers have these feelings in a mild form called “postpartum blues” and almost always goes away in a matter of few days. In about 10% of patients, they develop a more troubling condition called ” postpartum depression” that lasts longer, is more intense, and often requires counseling and treatment. If all these feelings of doubt, helplessness, and hopelessness seem to increase with each week and interrupt normal daily function, you need to seek help immediately and get the support you need. Keep an eye out for a few behaviors: neglecting yourself and the baby, sleeplessness, marked changes in appetite, extreme worry, thoughts of self-harm, anxiety and panic attacks.