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Postpartum Depression

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that may develop after a woman gives birth. Symptoms of Postpartum depression can interfere with a woman's ability to take care of herself and her baby.

A pregnant woman

Symptoms may include:

  • Having feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Anxiety or worrying more than usual
  • Having mood swings, becoming easily upset
  • Feeling angry or acting enraged
  • Feeling overwhelmed or hopeless
  • Crying more than usual, and without obvious reason
  • Over or under-eating
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Memory problems, forgetfulness
  • Experiencing physical pain (headaches, muscular pain)
  • Avoidance of family, friends or social contact with others
  • Loss of interest in favorite hobbies or activities
  • Difficulty bonding with or feeling attached to the baby
  • Questioning ability to be a good mother
  • Thoughts of self-harm or injuring the baby

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