WHAT IS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION? *Postpartum depression is an "umbrella term" used to cover a variety of emotional problems that can affect all childbearing women. There is no single or accepted definition of "postpartum depression," or PPD for short. Instead, it is described as a group of symptoms that can negatively affect a pregnant or new mother. These symptoms change her behavior, her personality and outlook. *PPD can begin during pregnancy, right after birth or anytime within the entire first year. The symptoms range from mild bles to total despair. Serious depression - a constant, intense, sad and empty feeling that lasts 2 weeks or more - is as problem that requires medical help. All forms of PPD are real illnesses that can be treated.
WHAT CAUSES PPD: *There is no single specific cause of postpartum depression. Instead, a cluster of symptoms creates PPD, in much the same way that a certain set of symptoms creates a common cold. None of the symptoms of PPD are the mother's fault.
WHO GETS IT?: *Depression and anxiety around childbirth can affect ANY childbearing woman, regardless of race, income, culture, age or education. It doesn't matter whether your baby is born healthy, or whether you've had prenatal medical help or taken childbirth classes. Breastfeeding does not cause PPD. Even if your marriage is happy and you've had previous babies, PPD can occur with a new baby. *Postpartum depression strikes without warning. It brings guilt, misery and helplessness at a time that you thought would be one of the happiest of your life. You expected to feel confident and wonderful. Instead, you feel cheated, confused and depressed, or even on the brink of despair. It's not uncommon to also feel guilty or ashamed of yourself.
SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE! Today, there is no reason for women to suffer silently at home. There are lots of resources available to seek support!
HOW CAN BEAN HELP?
Contact us at 316-775-5491 x4 OR contact us HERE if you would like to visit with someone regarding available resources. We can help you get connected.
*Postpartum Support International (PSI) Warmline 913-677-1300 or 866-363-1300 (Calls are returned within 24 hours)