Postpartum Depression Therapy

Postpartum depression, or PPD is a common problem that should not be ignored. Somehow women have learned to expect that the birth of a baby automatically brings exhilaration and joy. Well, not so for many women who feel fine the week after giving birth, but soon after become overwhelmed by feelings of despair and desperation. PPD is a potentially serious illness that affects about one in 10 women. Frequently, the warning signs of PPD go unrecognized and untreated because many women believe they are part of caring for a new baby. Characterized by mild anxiety, withdrawal, tearfulness, fatigue, sleep disturbances and mood swings, postpartum blues or “baby blues” are normal reactions that many mothers experience following childbirth. The onset of postpartum blues usually occurs three to five days after delivery, and should subside as hormonal levels begin to stabilize. Symptoms generally do not last for more than a few weeks.