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What are symptoms of postpartum depression?

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Symptoms of postpartum depression include:

  • Totally avoiding family and friends
  • Not being able to take care of yourself or your baby
  • Trouble feeling close to your baby, or bonding
  • Fears that you’re not a good mother
  • Severe mood swings, anxiety, or panic attacks
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Lack of interest in daily tasks
  • Thoughts of harming your baby
  • Thoughts of suicide, or suicide attempts

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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