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 weeks1. It’s a real medical condition with symptoms including2:
- 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
- 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.
- 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:
Everything feels hopeless. I need help.
I found a bunch of info online about my symptoms. Could I have postpartum depression?
I feel like I can’t handle this alone. I need help.
Why is this happening to me? I need help.
This isn’t getting better. I need help.
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.