This isn’t what I expected. Is this postpartum depression?
- Felt nervous, anxious, or worried?
- Felt so unhappy that you seem to be crying all the time?
- Felt like you were going crazy?
- Had recurrent thoughts that you are not a good mother?
- Felt scared that you will never feel happy again?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be suffering from a form of Postpartum depression. The term “postpartum depression” actually describes a continuum of postpartum emotional and physical reactions ranging from the common and relatively mild “baby blues” that resolve in a few days to the rare and extreme cases of “postpartum psychosis”. It can occur anytime during the first year postpartum. Affecting 10-20% of expectant and new mothers, postpartum depression is a common complication that is treatable.