More than baby blues: A look at postpartum depression

More than baby blues: A look at postpartum depression

You are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 9 women experience postpartum depression, or depression that begins after having a baby. Symptoms vary from person to person but can include uncontrollable crying, anger, and withdrawing from loved ones. Mothers experiencing postpartum depression may:

  • Feel disconnected from their babies
  • Have thoughts of hurting themselves or their babies
  • Doubt their ability as a mother

Any mother can experience postpartum depression, but risk for postpartum depression is increased among:

  • Teenage mothers
  • Mothers who have limited social support
  • Mothers who give birth to multiples (i.e. twins or triplets)
  • Mothers who experience pregnancy and birth complications
  • Mothers whose infants require hospitalization
  • Mothers with a history of depression and/or postpartum depression and family history of depression
  • Mothers experiencing stressful life events

Postpartum depression is treatable. If you experience symptoms of postpartum depression, talk to your health care provider about your treatment options.

To schedule a postpartum depression screening, call Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology at 304-691-1400.

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Jennifer Mills Price, PsyD

Dr. Mills Price is a psychologist at Marshall Health and serves as an assistant professor at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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