What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

2 general types. Generally there are two types of depression listed in the DSM5. The first is dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression that varies little in intensity, and major depression, which varies in intensity a great deal.

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Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

No. The hallmark of depression is a diminished ability to enjoy things that should be enjoyable. If that occurs, the individual needs to see their physician. The blues are typically not associated with this symptom. However, "blues" that persist for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by your doctor. Read more...

How do I know if my sadness is normal baby blues, or post-partum depression?

The best way to tell. Is to make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area who can help you figure this out. But in general post partum depression involves sleep and appetite disturbance, feelings of helplessness and inadequacy in caring for your child, feelings of guilt, and emptiness, bouts of anger and other symptoms. Read more...
Seek an evaluation. Baby blues only lasts from a few days to three weeks. Beyond three weeks it is likely either an adjustment disorder or postpartum depression. You should seek an evaluation from a mental health professional who has expertise in diagnosing postpartum disorders. Read more...
DEPRESSION. Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. Read more...

If I am still not over the baby blues after two months, does that mean I have postpartum depression?

No. Not neccesarily, but not something you should ignore either. Post-partum depression does take into account how long symptoms are present, but also how severe and life-altering these symptoms are. There are lots of screening tests you can use online, and if these are positive, you need to talk to your own doctor or pediatrician for futher evaluation and help. This is very treatable - ask for help! Read more...
No. Baby blues can simply be adjustment to a whole new way of life and/or prolonged hormonal imbalance. First contact your ob/gyn. If you are interested in integrative therapies, craniosacral therapy and acupuncture/traditional chinese medicine have a lot to offer that bring you relief. Check your area for practitioners. Read more...
Likely. Baby blues only lasts from a few days to three weeks. Beyond three weeks it is likely either an adjustment disorder or postpartum depression. You should seek an evaluation from a mental health professional who has expertise in diagnosing postpartum disorders. Read more...
YES. The baby blues only last the first 2 weeks after birth. If you continue to have or have developed significant changes in your mood, energy, sleep, enjoyment, fluctuations in these or anxiety or feeling not like yourself, you likely have "ppd". Seek an expert through www.Postpartum.Net, or you may write me through healthtap to answer ?'s, find you a specialist near you. Read more...
Maybe. You may very well have a clinical depression, or you may be fatigued, or have some other condition. Get checked by your gynecologist, and perhaps your family physician for depression, thyroid, diabetes, and other common ailments. They may not be certain, but you don't want to be unnecessarily ill when you have a newborn. Read more...
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. Read more...