The Women’s Center provides Mental Health services addressing Postpartum Depression.
Postpartum depression is depression that occurs after having a baby. Approximately 70 to 80% of women will experience the “baby blues” a term to describe the worry, sadness and tiredness. Postpartum is more intense and last longer than the baby blues. Approximately 10-20% of women will experience postpartum within the first year after giving birth along with 10% of men experiencing symptoms of depression during the postpartum period.
Postpartum depression affects people from all races, ethnicities, cultures and educational or economic backgrounds. Unfortunately, it is believed that postpartum depression is more common than the statistics above reveal.
Symptoms of depression can include:
Lasting anxious sad, or “empty” mood. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. Feelings of guilt, helplessness or worthlessness Loss of energy. Problems concentrating, recalling details, and making decisions. Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too much. Feelings of irritability or restlessness. Loss of interest in hobbies and activities. Overeating or loss of appetite. Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts. Aches or pains that do not get better with treatment.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression: The symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to symptoms for depression, but may also include:
Crying more often than usual.
Feelings of anger.
Withdrawing from loved ones.
Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby.
Worrying that you will hurt the baby.
Feeling guilty about not being a good mom or doubting your ability to care for the baby.
What can you do?
Don’t face postpartum depression alone ; seek help from a licensed mental health provider; contact your doctor or other primary care provider
Talk openly about your feelings with your partner, other mothers and friends
Join a support group
Cut down on less important responsibilities
Call a family member or close friend to watch the baby when you are needing a break.