Postpartum depression is more common than you may think. Dr. Judy Greene explains the symptoms of postpartum depression, from mild to severe, and also advises how new moms can seek treatment.
[MUSIC] Postpartum depression is more common than you might think. It actually affects 15 to 20% of women postpartum. There's a lot of confusion about what is postpartum depression. And sometimes, new moms with postpartum depression will question whether or not they have postpartum depression, because they're comparing their own symptoms to symptoms they've come across in the media. The more common symptoms of postpartum depression include feeling very sad and tearful, having a really hard time connecting with your new baby, having a hard time sleeping, even when the baby is sleeping, often having a lot of anxiety, worried thoughts about your baby, and feelings of guilt like, I'm not a good enough mom. And the symptoms in the more extreme cases are quite rare, like hearing voices, or having thoughts of suicide, or even scary thoughts of hurting your baby. And with Postpartum depression, these thoughts are often really unsettling. If you're having any of these thoughts, it's really important to seek treatment. Whether it's connecting with a mental health clinician through your obstetrician gynecologist through your midwife or your babies pediatrician if you feel that you're having symptoms of post partum depression you can go online to postpartum support international and do a post partum depression screen. Or reach out to a regional coordinator through the website and get connected to a mental health clinician. [MUSIC]