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Postpartum Depression Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Postpartum Depression

  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. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) for Postpartum Depression

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

  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 - Other Treatment

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

  5. Postpartum Depression - Symptoms

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

  6. 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.

  7. Postpartum Depression - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services if you think you cannot keep from harming yourself, your baby, or another person. Never hesitate to get help for postpartum depression.

  8. Postpartum Depression - Medications

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

  9. Postpartum Depression - Cause

    Learn what causes postpartum depression.

  10. 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

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