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What do I need to know about postpartum depression?

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Postpartum depression is much worse than the baby blues. Moms who have the baby blues usually are sad, anxious, and have trouble sleeping. But they get better within about 2 weeks after their baby is born.

With postpartum depression, symptoms can occur within the first 4 weeks and or later after your baby is born, and they’re serious. They might last up to a year.

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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