Postpartum Depression Information

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first three months after delivery; however, it can occur anytime during the first 12 months after delivery.

Depression can be described as feeling sad, blue or unhappy. Depression can be mild, moderate or severe. Often, depression is not recognized or treated because some normal pregnancy changes cause similar symptoms. Hormone changes or a stressful life event can cause chemical changes in the brain that lead to depression. Depression is also an illness that runs in some families. Other times, it is not clear what causes depression.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

  • Restlessness
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Sadness, feeling like crying a lot
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Guilt
  • Either being overly concerned about the new baby or not concerned at all
  • Fear of hurting the baby or yourself
  • Little or no energy
  • Trouble sleeping well
  • Loss of focus
  • Difficulty remembering or making decisions

How is it treated?

There are two common treatments that your doctor/provider often recommends based on the degree of your depression.

Therapy
This involves talking to a therapist, psychologist or social worker.

Medication
Your doctor can give you medicine to help you relieve the symptoms of depression.

For Help
Postpartum Support International Helpline
(800) 944-4773, www.postpartum.net
or local contact: (817) 296-9418

National Women's Health Information Center
(800) 994-9662, www.womenshealth.gov 

Fort Worth Brief Therapy Center, LLC
(817) 870-1080

Take The Depression Screening Test