Timing and Cause. Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first 6 weeks after delivery, but it can occur anytime during the first year. Both postpartum and "regular" depression have similar features (depressed mood, appetite and sleep disturbance, mood swings, etc.). In my experience, postpartum depression responds quicker to medical therapy than major depressive disorder. Contact your doctor if needed.
Very little if any. The primary clue is that it occurs shortly after delivery, but it can manifest as classic depressive symptoms. It is important to note that some individuals can develop severe anxiety or psychosis. A current resident of mine, dr. Allen-peck put together a web page for more information. See: http://www. Cpancf. Com/articles_files/postpartumdepression. Asp.
Severity, timing. Postpartum depression usually occurs within a year of delivery and is potentially more severe and dangerous than major depression. Although there are often mild symptoms of depression after most births, PPD is more severe, a medical emergency. If you have a history of depression or bipolar it's vital to meet with your doctor throughout your pregnancy to plan a strategy to address this pre-delivery.
Timing. Post partum depressions generally have similar characteristics as a more typical major depression. Symptoms, course and treatments are generally the same. The potential danger is that of care of the newborn child and family, in addition to the depression of the new mom. Consultation with the pediatrician and psychiatrist are best.