Postpartum Depression vs. the Baby Blues

Scenario: Baby won't nap. Again.
 
Baby blues response: You cry out of frustration and exhaustion. You get angry at your partner for not helping out more (it's impossible for you to get anything done with a baby who won't nap). But you keep trying new ways to help your baby sleep. You're thrilled when your baby does take a good nap. Eventually, you get your baby into a good nap routine (or not -- some babies just aren't great nappers), and you feel like a good mom again.
 
Postpartum depression response: When your baby doesn't nap, it feels like a personal attack. You wonder if you are the world's worst mother and wonder if your baby hates you. You see no way out of the never-ending days of exhaustion, and you think of harming yourself or your baby to escape.
 
Scenario: The price of diapers just went up.
 
Baby blues response: You're upset. You have tears in your eyes right there in the grocery store aisle. You call your partner, ranting about how you won't have money to buy groceries when you're spending so much on diapers and wipes. But, eventually, you either rework your budget or you find a cheaper diaper brand that works for you.
 
Postpartum depression response: The diaper price increase feels like an insurmountable barrier and a personal threat to your well-being. After staring at the price tag for a few moments, you leave the store empty-handed, numb from the experience. You fantasize about how you would spend your extra money if your baby died. You don't notice that there is no food in the house. Soon, your partner takes over the responsibility of shopping, and you wonder if you'll be able to adequately care for your baby.
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