Identifying and Helping with Postpartum Depression
Baby Blues are very common mood swings after the birth of a baby. Some of the symptoms may include the following:
- Weepiness or crying for no apparent reason
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood changes
- Poor concentration
Many of these are also signs of grief and can be normal after the delivery and loss of a baby. Talking about these emotions, changes, and challenges is one of the best ways to cope.
Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/Mood Disorder is more severe than Baby Blues. Symptoms may include the following:
- Feeling sad, hopeless, and/or overwhelmed
- Trouble eating or sleeping
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- Losing interest in things you used to enjoy
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Racing thoughts that you have difficulty controlling
- Constant worry
- Fear that something bad is going to happen
- Trouble sitting still or focusing
- Physical symptoms such as dizziness, hot flashes, nausea
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or others
What do I do if I think I need help?
- Do not feel ashamed to ask for help, information, or support.
- You can call Postpartum Support International at 1-800-944-4773 or visit their website at https://www.postpartum.net/
- Develop a support team for your family. Ask for help if you need it, and say YES if someone offers.
- Take time for yourself.
- Talk to other families who have come through this.