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Postpartum Depression

Overview

Many new moms feel happy one minute and sad the next. If you feel better after a week or so, you probably just had the "baby blues." If it takes you longer to feel better, you may have postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression can make you feel restless, anxious, fatigued and worthless. Some new moms worry they will hurt themselves or their babies. Unlike the "baby blues," postpartum depression does not go away quickly. Very rarely, new moms develop something even more serious. They may stop eating, have trouble sleeping and become frantic or paranoid. Women with this condition usually need to be hospitalized.

Researchers think that changes in your hormone levels during and after pregnancy may lead to postpartum depression. If you think you have it, tell your healthcare provider. Medicine and talk therapy can help you get well.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, a common complication of childbirth. The group also works to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover. PSI also has a Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-944-4PPD.

Depression During and After Pregnancy, WomensHealth.gov
This website by the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, uses a question-and-answer format to define postpartum depression, look at its causes as well as cover symptoms and treatment options.

Postpartum Depression, FamilyDoctor.org
This section of the FamilyDoctor.org website (a service of the American Academy of Family Physicians) offers general information, an interactive action plan, as well as links to other organizations and related readings.

Postpartum Depression, Mayo Clinic
This section on the Mayo Clinic website introduces the topic and covers symptoms, causes, risk factors and when to seek medical advice. It also includes information on screening and diagnosis as well as treatment and self-care.

Postpartum Disorders, Mental Health America
This link takes you to information provided by Mental Health America, including symptoms, factors contributing to postpartum depression, and treatment options.

Center for Women's Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
This website offers information on postpartum psychiatric disorders, including postpartum depression (PPD). It has a general description of PPD, causes, treatment and more.

Local Resources

Connections
Mental Health Connections is a mental health and substance abuse resource center serving the greater Fort Collins area. Therapists offer information and counseling for mothers as well as for their families and friends. Call 970-221-5551. Connections is a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners.

Find a Therapist or Support Group in the Fort Collins Area
Search this website for Fort Collins area providers and support groups by selecting the "Support Group" checkbox or the "Life Issue" checkbox to find help for postpartum depression.

Poudre River Public Library District
Search the library collection for books about pregnancy and babies, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.

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