Understanding postpartum depression

Depression during pregnancy and postpartum depression are two types of clinical depression that can afflict a mother-to-be or a new mother. The birth of a new baby is a life-changing experience. Many women experience anxiety and other troubling emotions immediately after they give birth, and this is perfectly normal. However, in some women, sadness, fear, anxiety persist to the point where they cannot function and cannot care for the new baby. If this is the case, the woman may be suffering from postpartum depression.

Not the Baby Blues

Experiencing “baby blues” after giving birth is a common experience. A woman may cry easily, feel anxious and irritable or have difficulty sleeping. It is even common for new mothers to have trouble making decisions and to wonder if they are capable of caring for a baby. It is when these feelings and emotions of being constantly depressed interfere with the ability to function and do not go away after a day or so that a diagnosis of clinical postpartum depression may be appropriate. Continue reading