MH&MH Symptoms

Common MH & MH Symptoms

 

Systems of Depression Can Include:

How often postpartum depression symptoms occur, how long they last, and how intense they feel can be different for each person. The symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to symptoms for depression, but may also include

  • Lasting sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness. Feelings of irritability or restlessness
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Loss of energy
  • Problems concentrating, recalling details, and making decisions
  • Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too much
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

Systems of Postpartum Depression:

  • Crying more often than usual
  • Feelings of anger
  • Withdrawing from loved ones
  • Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby
  • Worrying that you will hurt the baby
  • Feeling guilty about not being a good mom or doubting your ability to care for the baby

Risk Factors for Depression:

Experiences that may put some women at a higher risk for depression can include

  • Crying more often than usual
  • Stressful live events
  • Low social support
  • Previous history of depression
  • Family history of depression
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Being a mom to multiples, like twins, or triplets
  • Being a teen mom
  • Preterm (before 37 weeks) labor and delivery
  • Pregnancy and birth complications
  • Having a baby who has been hospitalized
  • Depression can also occur among women with a healthy pregnancy and birth

Symptoms of “Baby Blues” Include:

  • Crying more often than usual
  • Weepiness or crying for no apparent reason
  • Impatience
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia (even when the baby is sleeping)
  • Sadness
  • Mood changes
  • Poor concentration

*Please seek medical attention with your primary care provider or therapist if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.*