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I scream. I cry. I stand. I try.

Extreme emotions after giving birth could be postpartum depression.

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real medical condition

Teen moms may be twice as likely to experience symptoms of PPD compared to adult moms. Don’t ignore symptoms like:

  • Being really tired or unable to sleep
  • Feeling irritated and angry all the time
  • Having sad and hopeless thoughts
  • Feeling like your baby is a stranger and might be better off without you
  • Thinking of harming yourself or your baby

References

  1. Ko JY, Rockhill KM, Tong VT, Morrow B, Farr SL. (2017) Trends in postpartum depressive symptoms- 27 states, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Feb 17;66(6):153-58.
  2. KINGSTON et al. PEDIATRICS Volume 129, Number 5, May 2012 Comparison of Adolescent, Young Adult, and Adult Women’s Maternity Experiences and Practices e1228 Downloaded from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/ by guest on May 23, 2018.
  3. American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Association. eds. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5. 5th ed. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric Association; 2013

A study may be an option.

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About the Study

The Chickadee Study is a research study in teens with PPD. The study is being conducted to see if the study medication may help and if it’s safe in this group of people. You may qualify if you are 15 to 17 years old and have had a baby in the last 6 months.

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About Postpartum Depression

PPD is serious, it’s the most common complication of pregnancy. You don’t get it because you’re a bad mom or don’t love your baby. It’s not your fault.

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References

  1. Ko JY, Rockhill KM, Tong VT, Morrow B, Farr SL. (2017) Trends in postpartum depressive symptoms- 27 states, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Feb 17;66(6):153-58.

Don’t Ignore the Signs

It’s important to reach out for help. If you think you or a loved one may have PPD, talk to your doctor or someone you trust. If you need immediate help, or feel you may harm yourself or your baby, please call 911 or your local emergency number.

You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-8255.