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.