Post Partum Depression

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION INFORMATION AND FACTSHEET

• YOU ARE NOT ALONE. PPD affects up to 20% of new mothers anytime in the first year after delivery.

• YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME. PPD can affect any new mother regardless of age, race, income, education and/or marital status.

• YOU CAN FEEL BETTER WITH HELP. PPD can be treated with self-help techniques, social support, counseling and medication when necessary.

WOMEN EXPERIENCING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION MAY SAY: “This is supposed to be the happiest time in my life…why am I so miserable?” “I love my child, but I hate my life” “My marriage cannot survive this” “I feel like the worst mother in the world” “Why can’t I ‘snap out of it’?” “I can’t take it anymore!” “Why am I such a failure?”

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS A new mother experiencing postpartum depression might have one or more of the following symptoms:

• Feel sad, hopeless, overwhelmed

• Feel anxious or panicky

• Regret having a baby

• Have trouble sleeping, even when baby sleeps

• Think her family would be better off without her

• Fear leaving the house or being alone

• Isolate herself from friends and family

• Have unexplained anger or irritability

• Fear she might harm herself or her baby

• Have trouble coping with daily tasks

• Have difficulty concentrating or making simple decisions

• Feel “out of control”

• Feel guilty for feeling this way

Experiencing three or more of these symptoms, especially if they last for more than two weeks, could indicate postpartum depression. Talk to your doctor or your child’s pediatrician.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real illness caused by changes in biology, psychology, environment and hormones. PPD is the most common complication of childbirth.

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP WWW.POSTPARTUM.NET POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL (PSI) is the world’s leading organization in advocating, educating, and providing support for women experiencing postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. PSI volunteers offer support, encouragement, information, and local resources. PSI’s website includes state-by-state listings of volunteers who provide one-on-one support (via telephone and email) and group support. FIT4MOM® AND POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL are partnering to address postpartum depression. Both groups have a nationwide network, have frequent interaction with new mothers, understand the transition to motherhood can be challenging, and are able to provide social support.