Introduction: Postpartum depression
True postnatal depression can be a severe mental illness.
However, the massive hormonal, physical, and emotional effects from childbirth
and a new baby
are well known to cause emotional symptoms.
It is normal to suffer some level of "baby blues",
and particularly common is some level of crying or distress on the third day
It's not easy being a mother and first-time mothers often feel overwhelmed.
A new mother feeling down, moody, or a bit "depressed" does not usually warrant the
diagnosis of full postnatal depression.
However, persistent depressive symptoms do need professional medical investigation.
Postpartum depression: The term postpartum depression describes the range of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that many new mothers experience following the delivery of their babies. Symptoms of this condition can range from mild to severe. A new mother's depression may be a mild, brief bout of "baby blues"; or she may suffer from postpartum depression, a much more serious condition. In some cases, new mothers may have postpartum psychosis, a relatively rare but severe and incapacitating illness.1
Researching symptoms of Postpartum depression: Further information about the symptoms of Postpartum depression is available including a list of symptoms of Postpartum depression, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Postpartum depression, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Misdiagnosis and Postpartum depression: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Postpartum depression, underlying causes of Postpartum depression (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases
Treatments for Postpartum depression: Various information is available about treatments available for Postpartum depression, or research treatments for other diseases.
Causes of Postpartum depression: Research more detailed information about the causes of Postpartum depression, other possibly hidden causes of Postpartum depression, or other general information about Postpartum depression.
Statistics and Postpartum depression:
Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Postpartum depression,
prevalence and incidence statistics for Postpartum depression,
and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.
1. excerpt from Postpartum Depression Fact Sheet: NWHIC
Last revision: May 26, 2003
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