Putting up a good front but feeling like your life is in turmoil? Struggling to cope after the birth of a baby? You're not alone.
Check for these signs of depression, which also apply to postpartum depression. If you, a loved one or friend have several symptoms, you may need to find professional help. Discuss the situation with your doctor immediately.
Signs of Depression
- Persistent sadness or anxiety
- Decreased energy
- Loss of interest in usual activities – including sex and hobbies
- Sleep disturbances – insomnia or oversleeping
- Appetite and weight changes – loss or gain
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- Thoughts of death or suicide attempts
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Chronic aches or persistent symptoms not caused by physical disease
Postpartum depression affects some women shortly after childbirth. It's not uncommon for women to experience temporary "blues" after delivery; however, if symptoms persist more than a few days, these may be signs of postpartum depression.
Learn more about depression and related conditions at our online Health Library.