Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression can occur within the first year after the birth of your child and can continue for at least two weeks, although it usually lasts longer. Symptoms include:

  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Tearfulness
  • Despondency
  • Anxiety and despair
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Emotional numbness
  • Fears about the baby’s or your own health
  • Negative feelings toward your baby or yourself
  • Inability to care for yourself, your family, or your baby, and
  • Suicidal thoughts

Condition

Postpartum Depression

Onset

Within first year after birth of child

Duration

At least two weeks, but usually longer

Symptoms

Reduced appetite

Insomnia

Sadness

Guilt

Loss of self-esteem

Feelings of inadequacy

Tearfulness

Despondency

Anxiety and despair

Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness

Emotional numbness

Fears about the baby’s or your own health

Negative feelings toward your baby or yourself

Inability to care for yourself, your family or your baby

Suicidal thoughts