Not the “baby blues”- mild mood disturbance a few weeks after delivering due to low hormone levels
Postpartum depression is not distinguishable from other psychiatric disorders, but it is said to be caused by the dramatic decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels. Thyroid hormone levels are also hypothesized to decrease significantly in patients.
Women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), previous depression, and lack emotional support tend to be at a higher risk for developing postpartum depression
Symptoms include depressed mood, tearfulness, inability to enjoy pleasurable activities, trouble sleeping, fatigue, appetite loss, suicidal thoughts, feelings of inadequacy as a parent, and impaired concentration
Affects 10-20% of all mothers within the first few months of delivery
In addition to support groups and physiological help, medical treatments, such as antidepressants and hormone therapies, may be effective.