July 27, 2022

Postpartum Depression

Alanna O'Neill

Hello and welcome to another blog post! Today we will be discussing postpartum depression.  

  

Postpartum depression is a long-lasting, serious depression that develops usually after childbirth. Most commonly, symptoms develop within the first few weeks after giving birth, but they may begin during pregnancy and even up to a year after giving birth.   

Some symptoms of postpartum depression include depressed mood, severe mood swings, excessive crying, difficulty bonding with your baby, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, irritability, anger, fear that you are not a good mother, hopelessness, worthlessness, shame, guilt, anxiety, restlessness, as well as others.  

  

Developing postpartum depression is not a reflection of how you are as a mother. In fact, it is quite common, about 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression. Additionally, up to 70% of mothers experience a less severe form of postpartum depression called the "baby blues". Know that if you are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, you are not alone.  

  

There is a tremendous amount of pressure on mothers with every choice they make regarding their child and maintaining themselves post-pregnancy. These pressures can make it difficult for women to speak out about their experiences with postpartum depression. However, postpartum depression is a real, serious, common, and valid experience. If you or someone you know is struggling with postpartum depression, please reach out to us here at the Resource Center of your healthcare professionals to set you up with proper services to help you navigate this challenge.  

  

At the Resource Center, we have both a support group of women who have experienced or are experiencing postpartum depression as well as licensed therapists to offer one-on-one counseling. Please do not suffer in silence, reach out to us for help. Thank you for reading today to learn more about postpartum depression.

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References:

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/postpartum-depression/what-is-postpartum-depression

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20376617

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