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Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Usually occurs within the first 2 or 3 months postpartum; though onset may occur immediately after delivery. There is a recognizable difference between “baby blues” and postpartum depression as depression lasts longer than two weeks after delivery).

There are many possible symptoms of postpartum depression, such as:

  • Change of appetite
  • Problems with sleep
  • Irritability, often at you partner or other family member
  • Mood swings 
  • Loss of energy
  • Unexplainable body pains (i.e., headaches, stomachache, etc.)
  • Excessive worry or feeling panicky 
  • Crying often
  • Hard to concentrate or remember things
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feelings of guilt or  shame 
  • Not wanting to do things that you used to enjoy

Maybe even…

  • Thoughts of death 
  • Thoughts or fear of harming your baby 
  • Not feeling bonded with your baby

If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, please seek help from your healthcare provider or a mental health therapist right away!

Information complied from Mayo Clinic (http://www.webmd.com/depression/postpartum-depression/understanding-post...), Web MD (http://www.webmd.com/depression/postpartum-depression/understanding-post... ) and Inland Empire Maternal Mental Health Collaborative Clinician’s Guide to Assessing to Postpartum Depression (PPD).

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