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What is postpartum depression?

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Deep emotional pain that comes after childbirth and won’t let up. Not the milder “baby blues” that typically go away after a week or two. This is a severe form of clinical depression related to pregnancy and childbirth.

It can start any time during your baby’s first year, but it’s most common for you to start to feel its effects during the first 3 weeks after birth.

SOURCES:

Wisner, K. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum Depression Action Plan.”

Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum Depression.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum Depression.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Wisner, K. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum Depression Action Plan.”

Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum Depression.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum Depression.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

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