Postpartum depression is a more severe and longer lasting form of the “baby blues” that many mothers face after having children. Postpartum depression can develop in any mother and may begin as early as during pregnancy and as late as up to a year after giving birth. Symptoms include: depressed mood or severe mood swings, anxiety, difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping, excessive crying, feeling numb or disconnected from your baby, withdrawing from loved ones, changes in appetite, overwhelming fatigue, reduced interest in activities, intense irritability and anger, hopelessness, feelings of shame and guilt, brain fog, restlessness, severe anxiety and panic attacks, thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.. If untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months.
Postpartum psychosis is a rare and serious condition that can develop within the first week after delivery in which the signs and symptoms include: confusion, disorientation, obsessive thoughts about your baby, hallucinations and delusions, excessive energy and agitation, paranoia, and attempts to harm yourself or your baby. Postpartum psychosis requires immediate treatment. If you or someone you love has symptoms of postpartum psychosis or has thoughts of harming themselves or their baby, seek immediate assistance. If you or someone you love is experiencing postpartum depression and would like to join a research study please fill out our contact form below.