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Postpartum Depression

After having a baby it’s fairly common to experience the “baby blues” which is associated with feeling stressed, sad, anxious, lonely, tired or weepy. These symptoms thankfully only last a maximum of two weeks but for those suffering from postpartum depression the symptoms and duration are far worse. According to BayCare postpartum depression affects 1 in 7 mothers causing many mothers to feel isolated, anxious, experience low energy, are unable to concentrate, and have loss of appetite. But that’s not the worst part. Other symptoms of this mood disorder include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, and lack of interest or concern for the baby.

So what causes postpartum depression?

A sudden change in hormones, lack of sleep, and or stress are the main causes according to the American Pregnancy Association. Postpartum depression can affect any woman- whether it’s your first baby or your second, third, or fourth.

Can it go away on it’s own?

Unlike the baby blue postpartum does not go away on it’s own. It can last for many months or weeks if left untreated. It can appear as early as days or months before delivery and even months after having the baby. Often times it can be difficult for sufferers to get through the day, and it can affect their ability to take care of their newborn bundle of joy.

If you are interested in getting more advice or sharing your experiences with postpartum, St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital will be offering a postpartum support group tomorrow at 1 pm. This FREE class will be instructed by a social worker.

Also St. Joseph’s Hospital offers a helpline (813-872-3925) which refers women to therapists and psychiatrists who can help get the treatment you or a loved one might need.


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