Postpartum Depression Overview


Dr. Randall

Although the symptoms of postpartum depression are very much like those of the “baby blues,” this kind of depression is more serious. Approximately ten percent of new moms will develop postpartum depression either immediately after birth or within the first year after delivery. This can be a serious medical problem and usually requires treatment by your healthcare team.

The symptoms that set postpartum depression apart from the “baby blues” can include:

  • A loss of self-esteem
  • A sense of hopelessness
  • An inability to care for yourself, family, or your baby
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite, and
  • Negative feelings toward your baby or yourself

If you experience these symptoms, be sure to check with your healthcare team about treatment. With medication, you should feel better in a few weeks. Family support is also essential since you’ll need plenty of rest and help in caring for your family and your daily needs.