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what are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

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Dr. Sue Hall
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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.
Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Clinical Depression: The symptoms are the same as what is seen in what is known as clinical or major depression. These include depressed mood, changes in sleep and appetite, decreased interests in activities, feelings of guilt, and thoughts of death or suicide. Also, since depression arises after giving birth, there are frequent negative thoughts connected with the baby or the mother's ability to care for the baby.
Dr. Susan Feingold
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Depression & anxiety: The symptoms can include: insomnia and sleep disturbances, sad & depressed mood, lack of appetite, worrying & severe anxiety, irritability and anger, panic attacks, feelings of hopelessness, loss of pleasure and motivation in usual activities, difficulty functioning as usual, overwhelmed and unable to cope with life's demands, and obsessive, distressing thoughts. Sometimes suicidal thoughts.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See below: Crying, feelings of guilt, overwhelmed.Postpartum depression significantly impairs functioning, onset might be delayed for up to a year. Even if hormones are stabilized and routine is there, sx do not resolve, worsen and functioning deteriorates. Untreated sx might lead to suicidal ideation/attempts and post-partum psychosis.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Clinical Depression: In general, clinical depression is essentially the same regardless of when it occurs. The evaluation should be done by a psychiatrist, and treatment is generally the same as during other times. In my practice, I have prescribed traditional antidepressant medications with excellent results. Nursing while on the medications has not been a concern with my patients.
Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatric Neurology 20 years experience
Get checked: If you think you could be having post-partum depression then you should get checked. It is even more important to get checked immediately if you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, especially your baby.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
In addition to : Depression symptoms w' postpartum depression includes thoughts of harming the infant and/ or disinterest and difficulty bonding with the child. It is important to get help ASAP if you think you have postpartum depression.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Variable: Visit this site for info on this topic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20376617 Counter-intuitive as it may seem, exercise may help. Start with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity as tolerated. Wish you good health!

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How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
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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How long do I need to wait to have sex once I have given birth?

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Dr. Megan Bird
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6 weeks: In general, we want you to wait for 6 weeks until having sex. The cervix is still open and bacteria can get into the uterus where it can cause infection. At your 6 week check up after delivery, your doctor will examine you and determine if you should wait longer.
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What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Depression history: The most common risk factors for post-partum depression are a previous or current treatment for clinical depression, or a family history of clinical depression. However, many women with no risk factors may see their "baby blues" progress to something more...And they should not hesitate to contact their OB for treatment.
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How do I know if I am at risk for postpartum depression?

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Risk factors: Some risk factors would be history of depression in the past. Not having a supportive partner or family.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the barriers to getting professional help for postpartum depression?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Recognition: Too many people don't see the severity of ppd, or play it down as "baby blues." PPD is common and can be severe. If there is a personal or family history of ppd, depression or anxiety in pregnant woman, then the subject should be brought up regularly with the obstetrician or midwife. Be aware there are numerous help site for this condition. http://www.ppdsupportpage.com/.

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