Postpartum Depression (PPD) is an umbrella term that describes various mood and/or anxiety disorders after childbirth. PPD usually presents with symptoms of both depression and anxiety, causing a very agitated depression. Unfortunately PPD often goes undetected and misdiagnosed.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS 

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  • Mood swings
  • Crying
  • Hopelessness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of Sexual Interest
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Guilt
  • Feeling Worthless
  • Appetite Changes
  • Anger
  • Withdrawn
  • Fatigue
  • Overwhelmed
  • Diminished interest pleasurable activities
  • Diminished ability to concentrate
  • Suicidal thoughts/thoughts of death
  • Thoughts of wishing you weren’t here
  • Thoughts of wanting to run away

POSTPARTUM ANXIETY SYMPTOMS

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  • Feeling an impending sense of doom & worry
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive thoughts/behaviors
  • Feeling fearful
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling edgy
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Fear of losing control
  • Chills/hot flashes
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Intrusive thoughts or images
  • Avoidance of people or places
  • Having scary thoughts about you or your baby

Baby Blues

Q: Is this the Baby Blues?

The Baby Blues is not PPD. Experts estimate about 80% of new mothers experience weepiness, moodiness, irritability and fatigue during the first 2 weeks after giving birth. The Baby Blues are a normal adjustment period and can usually resolve without any medical assistance.

Q: When do I need to seek help?

  • You should seek help by a licensed clinician who specializes in postpartum care when:

*Symptoms last longer than 2-3 weeks after childbirth.

*You experience symptoms anytime during your first year postpartum that concern you.

 

  • Women experiencing symptoms that seem unusually severe (severe agitation, delusional or bizarre thinking, hallucinations, insomnia, confusion, and a feeling of being out of touch with reality) should be referred for immediate medical intervention. Although rare, (1-2 in 1000 women), Postpartum Psychosis can initially be mistaken for the Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression and is considered a medical emergency.

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