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    1. Postpartum Depression - Prevention

      Although you can't prevent the postpartum hormone changes that cause postpartum blues, you can take steps to prevent ongoing postpartum depression.

    2. Postpartum Depression - Treatment Overview

      The sooner treatment starts for postpartum depression, the better. Learn about postpartum depression treatment.

    3. 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.

    4. Postpartum Depression - Medications

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

    5. Postpartum Depression - Other Treatment

      Read about counseling (including cognitive-behavioral therapy and intrapersonal counseling) and alternative therapies for postpartum depression.

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

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

    7. Baby Blues - 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

    8. Postpartum Depression - Health Tools

      This health tool can help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding post-partum depression.

    9. Postpartum Depression - What Increases Your Risk

      Every woman is at risk for temporary "postpartum blues" during the first two weeks after childbirth, because of sudden hormone changes and the challenges of caring for a newborn.

    10. Postpartum Depression - Exams and Tests

      Postpartum depression is a medical condition that requires treatment, not a sign of weakness. It isn't always obvious to an observer, and there are no laboratory tests for depression. This is why it's important that you tell your health professional about

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