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It is im­por­tant to in­ter­vene be­fore the de­pres­sion wors­ens

SIGNS AND SYMP­TOMS

Per­sis­tent sad­ness, anx­ious­ness or “empty” mood

Se­vere mood swings

Feel­ings of frus­tra­tion, ir­ri­tabil­ity, hope­less­ness

Feel­ings of guilt, shame, worth­less­ness

Trou­ble bond­ing with the baby

Feel­ing in­ad­e­quate in tak­ing care of the baby

Changes in ap­petite Poor self-care So­cial with­drawal In­som­nia or ex­ces­sive sleep

Fear that you can­not care for the baby or fear of the baby

Worry about harm­ing self, baby, or part­ner

ON­SET AND DU­RA­TION

Usu­ally be­gins be­tween two weeks to a month af­ter de­liv­ery. A study done at an in­ner-city men­tal health clinic has shown that 50% of post­par­tum de­pres­sive episodes there be­gan prior to de­liv­ery. PPD may last sev­eral months or even a year. Post­par­tum de­pres­sion can also oc­cur in women who have suf­fered a mis­car­riage

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