Understand, Heal and Recover from PostPartum Depression
When you have waited with barely concealed excitement for the miracle of birth, the last thing you may have expected to feel was tearful, anxious or depressed and yet, it may surprise you to know that up to 20 percent of women in the US suffer from postpartum depression. Scary isn’t it?
The reality of postpartum depression
Following birth, it is supposed to be a truly joyous time for the new parents along with close family members and friends. It doesn’t always happen this way. Postpartum depression (PPD) can occur at any point in the first year. It is a serious disorder and should not be confused with the baby blues where fluctuating moods manifest in the first few weeks following birth.
The baby blues are often associated with changes at home but, when it happens, it’s unsettling, to say the least. Postpartum depression is not fully understood as to a singular cause although hormonal changes that follow birth are likely to trigger this with some women being more susceptible.