Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
If you think you are experiencing postpartum depression or "baby blues" after giving birth, OB/GYN Alexandra "Sashi" Band, DO, explains when you should reach out for help. Dr. Band explains that women can experience postpartum depression in the first few days postpartum, but it can also happen in that transition point two weeks postpartum and moving forward. "The time when people really should be reaching out for help is one, when they find that they don't want to engage with their baby. Two, that they are not caring for themselves. Three, that their predominant emotion is anxiety or sadness, or that they feel no emotion at all, but most importantly, if anyone ever has thought of hurting themselves or hurting their baby or anyone around them, that is an extremely important time to reach out."
Dr. Band says that postpartum depression was not talked about a lot for previous generations, but what we see is as more and more people talk about their experiences with postpartum depression, more people are coming forward and looking for help.
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