Postpartum Depression Vs. Baby Blues
While the term “Postpartum Depression” is most commonly used, we know that Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders can present very differently for each individual experiencing them. Up to 20% of women will develop symptoms of depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder in the first postpartum year. Postpartum Mood disorders are the most common postpartum complication and yet they remain the most undertreated and underdiagnosed.
Baby Blues is estimated to affect up to 80% of women in the first 2-3 weeks after delivery and is considered to be a normal postpartum occurrence. During this time, it is very common to feel irritable, anxious, tearful and overwhelmed. In most cases, these symptoms resolve without requiring professional treatment. If more than 3 weeks has passed and you are feeling worse as time goes on instead of better OR if at any point you are having thoughts or feelings that are scaring you, tell someone how you are feeling and seek out the guidance of a professional.
The Postpartum Stress Center Has an excellent Patient Information Sheet listed on their website that answers some of the most common questions that women and their families may have.