The symptoms usually start soon after birth of the baby. However, in some women the symptom may start after few weeks to months and last for several weeks to months. Depression that occurs within 6 months of childbirth may be postpartum depression.
What are the symptoms?
Who gets postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is more likely if some of the following are present:
Why do women get postpartum depression?
The exact cause is not known. Some possible reasons are related to the hormonal changes during pregnancy and right after childbirth. It may also be related to stressful situations at home which increase the chances of a woman having depression during this period.
How long does postpartum depression last?
It varies for each woman. Some women feel better within a few weeks, but others may continue to have symptoms for several months. Please remember that help is available and that you can get better.
What kinds of treatments help with postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is treated much like any other depression. Support, counseling and medicines can all help. Milder forms are treated with psychosocial methods (such as counseling, psychotherapy), while in some cases medications are necessary.
What can I do to help myself?