Understanding Postpartum Depression -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Postpartum Depression?
postpartum depression ( PDD) can be divided into three categories:
Postpartum blues ("baby blues"): Very short in duration, may not require formal treatment but supportive care only.
Lasts longer, is more debilitating, and requires medical care. Call your ob-gyn or primary care doctor. He or she can screen you for Postpartum depression: depression and treat your depression symptoms. If needed, your doctor will refer you to a mental health professional.
Postpartum Most severe form, requires aggressive psychiatric care. psychosis:
There are many possible symptoms of
postpartum depression, including the following:
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sleep or sleeping more than normal Change in appetite
Extreme concern and worry about the baby or a lack of interest or feelings for the baby
Feeling unable to love the baby or your family
Anger toward the baby, your partner, or other family members
Anxiety or panic attacks Fear of harming your baby; these thoughts may be obsessive, and you may be afraid to be left alone in the house with your baby.
Sadness or excessive crying
Difficulty concentrating or remembering
Feelings of doubt, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, or restlessness
Lethargy or extreme
fatigue Loss of interest in hobbies or other usual activities
Mood swings marked by exaggerated highs and lows
Feeling emotionally numb
Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
Frequent calls to the pediatrician with an inability to be reassured
Recurrent thoughts of death, which may include thinking about or even planning
suicide Obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors that are intrusive
Call Your Doctor About Postpartum Depression If:
You have symptoms or
signs of depression that have lasted longer than two weeks after childbirth or that began within two months of giving birth.
Call 911 or get immediate emergency help if you have either of the following symptoms:
hallucinations and delusions about yourself or your baby; don't wait, this is an emergency. You have thoughts about hurting yourself or your baby; this is also an emergency and needs immediate help.
Suicidal thoughts or attempts (intent or attempt to kill oneself) and homicidal thoughts or attempts (intent or attempt to kill another person) are very serious and are real risks of postpartum depression. These symptoms are not a myth or imaginary, and several cases have been well publicized. Seek immediate medical care if you have suicidal or homicidal thoughts.