Postpartum depression (PPD) creates feelings of anxiety and depression. PPD also hinders a mother’s ability to care for her child after birth. Learn about the basics of PPD.
Do I have PPD?
Do I have PPD?
There is not one universal way doctors diagnose postpartum depression. However, various signs, symptoms and assessments can confirm if you are suffering from PPD and reveal the severity of your condition.
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Is there a way out?
Is there a way out?
Postpartum depression is treatable. A combination of therapy and medications can be useful in helping you manage your PPD symptoms and overcome your condition. With treatment, you can end your battle with PPD.
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About Postpartum Depression (PPD)
What is PPD?
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious mood disorder that affects women after childbirth. Postpartum depression creates feelings of sadness, anxiety, depression and exhaustion. Learn the basics of postpartum depression.
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What causes PPD?
Postpartum depression has physical and emotional causes. The drastic hormonal changes a mother experiences following childbirth, birth complications and genetic predisposition are common causes of the disorder.
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PPD Signs & Symptoms
If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from postpartum depression, it is helpful to learn about the signs and symptoms. Common signs of PPD include changes in personality, mood and behaviors.
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Support for Loved Ones
It can be extremely difficult to watch someone struggle with postpartum depression. You may feel shocked, confused or helpless. These are natural reactions when the mental and emotional well-being of your loved one is at stake. Learn how you can help your loved one and get the support you need.
It can be extremely painful for husbands or partners to watch their wife struggling with postpartum depression. Numerous support resources are available to husbands who are struggling to cope with their wife’s condition.
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Parents may feel overwhelmed as they work to determine the best way to help their daughter who is struggling with PPD. Parents can show support by offering to help, staying in touch and more.
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It is normal for in-laws to feel concern for their daughter-in-law upon a PPD diagnosis, as well as worry for their own child and their grandchildren. Staying connected can help in-laws understand and support their daughter-in-law, child and grandchildren.
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Treatment and Recovery
Postpartum depression treatments generally include a combination of therapy with a psychiatrist or psychologist and prescription medications such as antidepressants. Learn about available treatment options and long-term recovery.
Therapy is just one aspect of effective postpartum depression treatment. Therapy is essential to recovery because it helps mothers address and manage the symptoms and underlying causes of their condition.
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Medications significantly help reduce and manage postpartum depression symptoms. Antidepressants are often prescribed by a licensed health care provider to treat PPD.
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It is important to remember that recovering from postpartum depression takes time, but it is almost always possible. Long-term recovery may involve ongoing treatment, family support, coping skills and regular self-care.
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PostpartumDepression.org was founded and inspired by Chris and Jenna Carberg. In just two short days following the birth of their daughter Elsie, Chris began to see changes in his wife’s mood and behavior. Following a postpartum depression diagnosis, the couple has made it their mission to encourage women and educate families.
Quote from Gwyneth Paltrow, Actress
“When my son, Moses, came into the world in 2006, I expected to have another period of euphoria following his birth. Instead, I was confronted with one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life.”