Postpartum depression may appear to be the baby blues at first, but the signs and symptoms are more intense and longer lasting. It’s not uncommon that new mothers are irritable, easily moved to tears and anxious, or have feelings of being overwhelmed.
But when the common symptoms and emotional upheaval of new motherhood stretch beyond the first weeks after giving birth, it’s time to take notice. They can eventually interfere with your ability to care for your baby and to handle other daily tasks.
Postpartum depression symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Intense irritability and anger
- Overwhelming fatigue
- Loss of interest in sex
- Lack of joy in life
- Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
- Severe mood swings
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Individually, any one sign may be insignificant, especially if it’s mild. Postpartum depression is marked by an acute sense of anger, agitation or anxiety. Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.
Please contact your obstetrician, midwife or pediatrician if you believe you or a loved one may have postpartum depression. It is treatable, and we can help! 541-HUG-KIDS or 541-484-5437.