A 32-year-old member asked:
how do i know if i have postpartum depression?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Psychiatric Eval.: Between the changes in hormones and life style that come after childbirth, it is very common for a woman to have mood swings and to feel down. This can be accompanied by feeling overwhelmed, being more tearful, difficulty sleeping and feeling anxious, jittery or irritable. This is called the postpartum blues and it happens to more than half of women. It can increase for several days after your >.
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Psychiatry 15 years experience
Psychiatric eval.: Depression is not uncommon after childbirth, although mild "baby blues" are more common. Symptoms to look for include sadness/numbness, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, changes in sleep or appetite, guilt or worry, poor concentration, low energy, feeling heavy or slow. If there are any thoughts about wanting to not be alive or harm oneself or the baby it could be an emergency.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
How can I help my husband cope with my postpartum depression?
3 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Gynecology 43 years experience
Talk to him: Talk to him about your feelings. Make sure he understands that your feelings and behaviors are related to hormone changes and are not fully in your control. Be a partner with him in seeking help. Be sure he accompanies you to your doctor's appointments and communicates with the doctor about what he is observing. And you should both understand that it won't last forever.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
How do I know if I have postpartum depression?
6 doctor answers • 15 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
You may not know...: It is easy to feel overwhelmed as a new mother--reach out! i would recommend speaking with your obstetrician or social worker at the hospital you had delivered at and informing him/her of your current state of mind and how you are feeling. You should not feel ashamed to talk with your family or doctor about how you are feeling nor should any of your symptoms be dismissed or taken lightly.
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What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?
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Pediatrics 38 years experience
Sad and tired: If you find yourself constantly exhausted, unable to sleep, sad at a time when you should be happy with your new baby, not interested in eating, having mood swings, worrying or thinking about harming your baby, you could have postpartum depression. This occurs in 10-20% of women within the first few months after birth. It's more likely if you've had depression before or are under stress.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
How do I know if I am at risk for postpartum depression?
3 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctor answered
Risk factors: Some risk factors would be history of depression in the past. Not having a supportive partner or family.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
I feel like I might have postpartum depression, how can I know for sure?
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
Call your doc or OB: This is neither unusual or a new issue to most general practitioners or OB's. I would call their office & talk with the staff. They can set you up to see the doc based on your discussions.
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