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Is it possible to have postpartum depression show up 10-12 months after the birth of baby?

Yes. Depression can have its onset at any time in life. Post partum onset has little bearing other than most post partum depressions are transient but some are biologically related to hormone shifts. This may be delayed due to nursing which maintains high hormone levels which fall after weaning. Read more...

When does postpartum depression usually present after giving birth?

Up to 6 months. Pp depression can present anywhere from immediately following birth, up to 6 months after. If at any time you feel symptoms of depressed mood, talk with your doctor. There are treatments available, and if caught early enough, medication may not be necessary. Read more...
Anytime in first yr. Postpartum depression can present anytime in the first year. It is most common to begin within the first 3 to 4 months. However it can begin later in the first year, particularly with changes like abruptly stopping nursing, beginning of birth control pills, etc. If you suspect you may have ppd, contact your dr. And seek help from a mental health specialist with expertise in treating it. Read more...

Is it possible to treat anxiety after giving birth or postpartum depression without taking drugs?

Several things. A good walk/run is always helpful to boost endorphins. Eat a healthy balanced diet. Consider drinking some calming caffeine free teas several times a day. Get someone to watch your child and invest in a good nap everyday. Consider trying some St John's Wart supplements but clear with your MD first. Avoid alcohol. If pretty outside try to get some sunshine everyday - taking sun safety precautions. 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...

After what length of time from having a baby are you safe from potentially getting postpartum depression? 6 mos? 1yr?

Postpartum depressio. This can start as early as 6 weeks to as late as 6 months. In a study by robertson et al 2003 they found that the strongest predictors of postpartum depression were depression during pregnancy, anxiety during pregnancy, experiencing stressful life events during pregnancy or the early puerperium, low levels of social support, and a previous history of depression. We can determine risk knowning this. Read more...
Onset of PPD.. Postpartum depression can present anytime in the first year. It is most common to begin within the first 3 to 4 months. However it can begin later in the first year, particularly with changes like abruptly stopping nursing, beginning of birth control pills, etc. If you suspect you may have ppd, contact your dr. And seek help from a mental health specialist with expertise in treating it. Read more...

Can you get postpartum depression as far out as 24 months after having your baby?

Possibly. It's possible to get depression 24 months after having a baby but most people wouldn't call it postpartum depression and would just label it as depression. I would recommend talking to your doctor about this. Read more...
Occurs earlier. Most often PPD present in the first 3-4 months, but can occur anytime in the first postpartum year. Likely at 24 months, it would be diagnosed as a depression but not postpartum. However, with that said, there are exceptions.. Such as a case in which if you have been breastfeeding and then suddenly wean at 24 months and symptoms of PPD present. In that case, i would probably call it ppd. Read more...
Depression. You can get depression at any point, but probably not labelled postpartum after 2 yrs. Read more...
Maybe. Most importantly, if you are having symptoms of depression, you must be seen and properly evaluated. Please do not take chances. Good luck. 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...

I have heard that if I have another child I will get postpartum depression again, but worse. Is this true? I did not get it with my first child.

Post partum . If you have not had depression before (at any time in your life) your risk does not increase with a second, third or later child. If you have had it before, then your risk is higher, but you can take steps to avoid it or to be treated very early. Read more...
No that is not true. If you did not get it with your first child, your risk should be no greater than the general population of childbearing women, which is between 10-20%. The risk would only increase beyond that if you experienced PPD before. Then, the risk for a subsequent pregnancy would increase up to 50%. However there are ways to lower that seem to lower that risk factor.. Preventative measures. Read more...