Who is affected by postpartum depression? New or older moms?

Both. Age may not be as significant as the other risk factors like history of depression, lack of social supports etc.
Not the key. There may be some slight increase in risk for "older" moms, in particular, mom's for whom this is not their first child. However, age is not a major risk factor. The major risk factor, by far, is a prior history of depression or bipolar disorder (a major mood disorder).

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What are symptoms of postpartum depression in a new mom?

See below. Post-partum depression (PPD) may appear as baby blues with sx: crying, mood swings, anxiety, sadness, trouble sleeping, irritability. These sx don't resolve after several weeks, become more intense, may impair functioning, also feelings of guilt, shame, inadequacy, lost of enjoyment of life, thoughts of self-harm or other harm might appear. Ppd needs to be treated for the sake of mother and baby. Read more...
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. Read more...

Is it possible to have postpartum depression even when your child is over a year old?

Maybe. One can develop depression any time. If you were not depressed during the first few months after your baby is born, we wouldn't call it postpartum depression. If you were depressed during the postpartum period and it wasn't treated, you may still be depressed when the baby is a year old. Untreated postpartum depression often lasts over a year. Talk to your doctor! Read more...

What causes postpartum depression?

Not Certain. The reasons for postpartum depression are not certain. However, there are suggestions that the sudden hormonal changes that take place at the end of pregnancy are involved. The are questions as to why some women are affected and others are not. A previous history of depression increased the risk of postpartum depression, as does previous episodes of postpartum depression. Read more...
Exact causes unknown. Multiple factors are often involved including dramatic hormonal changes following delivery when estrogen and Progesterone drop to levels similar to pre-pregnancy. Read more...

What will treat postpartum depression?

Medication/PsyhoT. Medication to help you manage sx, psychotherapy to help you build coping skills, identify maladaptive thoughts, help you re-establish self-care routine and help with managing stress. Read more...
Goodness. There are over 20 drugs for depression, . It depends on your history, etc, but using a low dose medication for sleep can be helpful, some evidence that replacing estrogen can help; psychotherapy can be very good too, don't believe too much of your downside thinking. Read more...
PPD: Think Group. In addition to psychotherapy, try to explore group therapy or meet ups. This can be in a formal setting like a postpartum support group or a less formal local mom meet up. One of the goals is to increase your social support network and avoid taking on PPD alone. Read more...

Could my wife have postpartum depression?

Find out via. Psychiatric evaluation. Possible sxs of post partum depression include feeling tired all the timethe woman might believe she is not a good mother which can lead to feeling guilty or inadequate. She may eat lot more or she may lose appetite ; weight (more than anticipated for shedding post baby pounds). She might want to sleep all day ; find it hard to get out of bed or she might have the opposite. Read more...
Possibly. 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 she is making any statements about wanting to not be alive or harm herself or the baby bring her to an er. Read more...

What's the outcome of postpartum depression?

Oftentimes severe. Without treatment, the worst case scenario -- harm to either self or the baby, or both; inability to function, post-partum psychosis, with delusion, and/or hallucination. It's better to get treated right away for your own and baby's sake. Read more...
Positive w treatment. With treatment, there is a very positive prognosis for complete recovery. See my soon to be released book about positive transformation following postpartum depression, "happy endings, new beginnings: navigating postpartum disorders" ( see amazon new releases). Read more...

What is postpartum depression? Is it serious?

Postpartum . depression is a psychological disorder which occurs in women after child birth. It is a very serious form of depression which can endanger both the mother and child if left untreated. Suicidal and homocidal thoughts can accompany the depression. Psychotherapy and medication can help overcome this disorder. Read more...

How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

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. Read more...
Call your physician. Contact a mental health professional with specialization/expertise in assessment and treatment of postpartum depression. You can contact postpartum support, international at www.Postpartum.Net. Read more...
Do speak with. Someone. I agree with dr scarantino. Don't wait if you are unsure whether it's post partum or not, speaking with your doctor or a therapist will help you figure out what s wrong.. 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...

How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

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 >. Read more...
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. Read more...