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Postpartum Depression: How to Cope and Help

Tuesday, 10/13/2015

“The birth of a baby is supposed to be a joyful time of love and caregiving, but for many women and men who experience postpartum depression, it can be a time of darkness.”

It is estimated that between 9 and 16 percent of all postpartum women will experience postpartum depression. The likelihood of fathers experiencing depression increases if the mother experiences depression. It is important to recognize signs and symptoms, such as long lasting sadness, withdrawal, insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks, thoughts of harming yourself or the baby, etc. These symptoms are not to be confused with “Baby Blues” which can similar but are short term. It is crucial to talk to your doctor about the mental health of the family, build a support system, and have open communication with your spouse.

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