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About PPD

Postpartum depression is real

PPD is more than the “baby blues” or feeling emotional after the baby’s born, which goes away after a few weeks. It’s a real medical condition with symptoms including:

  • Feeling lonely and isolated
  • Feeling really tired all the time or unable to sleep
  • Baby feels like a stranger
  • Feeling like the baby might be better off without you
  • Everything is irritating and makes you angry
  • Having sad and hopeless thoughts
  • Feeling constantly anxious and worried
  • Having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

References

  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2013) Frequently Asked Questions: Postpartum Depression. FAQ091. 630. https://www.acog.org/-/media/For-Patients/faq091.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20180524T2244520338. Accessed May 24, 2018.
  2. National Institute of Mental Health. Postpartum Depression Facts. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/postpartum-depression-facts/index.shtml. Accessed May 3, 2018.

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Talking about PPD

It’s hard to talk about PPD with parents and loved ones, but you’re not alone. Lots of people care about you.

Here are a few ways to reach out to people about PPD:

Talk to your daughter’s doctor about PPD

Participating in a research study is a personal and private decision. It’s important to feel comfortable before taking this step. Your daughter’s doctor can be an important resource for support and help with identifying her options, including the Chickadee Study.