"I just had my baby, but I can't seem to shake these feelings of sadness. Is it postpartum depression?"
Although postpartum depression typically begins 1 to 3 months after the delivery of your baby, many women are not diagnosed until later.
Women experiencing postpartum depression may have feelings of sadness, guilt, and fear. Increased worrying is also a symptom. Women with more severe depression may also find that they're unable to sleep or that their appetite has changed. They may also have thoughts of suicide or of harming their baby.
If you have any of the signs of postpartum depression, seek out a healthcare provider for help.
Your OB/GYN or your baby's pediatrician can use a screening tool to assess your risk for postpartum; this screening can take place at any time.
Treatment is usually a combination of talking therapies and medication. Your OB/GYN may begin treatment or may refer you to someone who specializes in treating postpartum depression.
Resources for Buffalo Women Experiencing Postpartum Depression