Postpartum depression occurs in women after they give birth. It is a treatable medical illness that affects 1 in 5 women after giving birth. It is most common in the first three months postpartum. It can be hard to spot because the moodiness and other symptoms are similar to “baby blues” which is a short-lived state that affects up to 80% of new mothers, according to NIH.
Postpartum depression differs from baby blues on the severity of symptoms. Baby blues has similar symptoms to postpartum depression, but it usually only lasts for 1-2 weeks. If the symptoms last longer, you should seek help. In some cases, postpartum depression can start 1-2 months after childbirth, with strong feelings of depression or thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby.
If you are thinking about hurting yourself, call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.
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