Information on Postpartum Depression
After giving birth, many women experience mood swings or mild depression, often referred to as the "baby blues." The feelings usually go away on their own in a week or two, but sometimes they don't. About 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression. Common symptoms of this condition include:
- Strong feelings of depression, anger, doubt, guilt, or helplessness that seem to get worse over time
- An inability to care for themselves or their baby
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Having little or no interest in the baby.
In many cases, postpartum depression can be treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
(Click Postpartum Depression for detailed information, including a list of factors that can contribute to this condition.)