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What are baby blues and how is it related to postpartum depression?

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It’s not unusual to feel a little sad after your baby is born. These “baby blues” usually last a few weeks.

But if you don’t start feeling like yourself again, or you get worse, you may have postpartum depression. It’s a severe form of depression related to pregnancy and childbirth.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. 2000. 

Stewart, D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Jan. 26, 2016.

Wisner, K. New England Journal of Medicine, 2002.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 21, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. 2000. 

Stewart, D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Jan. 26, 2016.

Wisner, K. New England Journal of Medicine, 2002.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 21, 2020

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