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  1. Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression from the experts at WebMD.

  2. Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Symptoms

    Learn about the symptoms of postpartum depression and what to do if you or a loved one has postpartum depression.

  3. Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Prevention

    Find out what you can do to reduce your risk of developing postpartum depression from the experts at WebMD.

  4. Understanding Postpartum Depression -- the Basics

    Learn about the basics of postpartum depression from the experts at WebMD.

  5. Postpartum Depression - Topic Overview

    WebMD explains what PPD (postpartum depression) is and what causes it. Learn the signs to look for and what increases your risk.

  6. Topic Overview

    Many women get postpartum blues, also called the baby blues, during the first few days after childbirth. They may lose sleep, feel irritable, cry easily, and feel happy one minute and sad the next. Hormone changes are one cause of these emotional changes. Also, the demands of a new baby, coupled with visits from relatives or other family needs, add to a mother's stress. The baby blues usually peak around the fourth day and then ease up in less than 2 weeks. Symptoms Symptoms of the baby blues include:1Trouble sleeping.Mood swings.Tearfulness.Anxiety.Sadness. Hopelessness.Irritability.Poor concentration.In some women, sometime in the first 3 months after delivery, the baby blues become a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Postpartum depression affects up to 15 out of 100 women.1 If your moodiness or anxiety lasts for more than 2 weeks, or if you feel like life isn't worth living, you may have postpartum depression. For more information, see the topic Postpartum

  7. Tricyclic Antidepressants for Postpartum Depression

    Drug details for Tricyclic antidepressants for postpartum depression.

  8. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) for Postpartum Depression

    Drug details for Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for postpartum depression.

  9. Postpartum Depression - Symptoms

    WebMD describes the symptoms of PPD, or postpartum depression, inlcuding the "baby blues" and postpartum psychosis.

  10. Postpartum Depression - Medications

    Antidepressants are commonly used to treat postpartum depression (PPD), usually in combination with counseling and support.

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