Postpartum Depression - Topic Overview
If you think
you may have postpartum depression, take a short quiz to check your symptoms:
- Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?
A woman who has
postpartum psychosis may feel cut off from her baby. She may see and hear
things that aren't there. Any woman who has postpartum depression can have
fleeting thoughts of suicide or of harming her baby. But a woman with
postpartum psychosis may feel like she has to act on these thoughts.
If you think you can't keep from hurting yourself, your baby, or someone
else, see your doctor right away or call 911 for emergency medical care. For
other resources, call:
national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
- The National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).
doctor will do a physical exam and ask about your symptoms.
sure to tell your doctor about any feelings of baby blues at your first checkup
after the baby is born. Your doctor will want to follow up with you to see how
you are feeling.
Postpartum depression is
treated with counseling and antidepressant medicines. Women with milder
depression may be able to get better with counseling alone. But many women need
both. Moms can still breast-feed their babies while taking certain antidepressants.
To help yourself get better, make sure you eat well,
get some exercise every day, and get as much sleep as possible. Get support
from family and friends if you can.
Try not to feel bad about
yourself for having this illness. It doesn't mean you're a bad mother. Many
women have postpartum depression. It may take time, but you can get better with