Postpartum depression (PPD) affects up to 10 percent of women following the delivery of a baby and may occur any time within the first year after giving birth. PPD can range from the more common "baby blues" to severe depression that threatens the well-being of both mother and baby.
PPD symptoms may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of energy
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling overwhelmed or hopeless
- Feelings of guilt
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Thoughts of suicide (in extreme cases)
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please call your physician or a mental health professional immediately.
If you feel as if you may harm yourself or your baby, go to Staten Island University Hospital's Emergency Department immediately.
PPD can be successfully treated, often with a combination of antidepressants and therapy.
For more information, please contact the Postpartum Resource Center of New York at www.postpartumny.org or call their helpline at (631) 422-2255.