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Postpartum Depression

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Adjusting to new motherhood is one of the biggest challenges a woman will face in her life –it’s normal to feel emotional. Hormones shift, lack of sleep, and adjusting to life with a newborn can seem overwhelming. If you’ve been feeling sad, moody, guilty or hopeless for more than a few weeks, it could be postpartum depression. Some women also report that they don’t feel any joy or excitement about their new baby, and they get no pleasure from the things they once enjoyed.

Postpartum Depression is a treatable medical illness that affects about 13% of women after giving birth. It can develop anywhere from a few weeks to a year after delivery, but its most common in the first three (3) months of postpartum.  Postpartum Depression can be hard to spot, because the moodiness and other symptoms are similar to the “baby blues” ~~ a short-term state that affects up to 80% of new mothers, according to National Institute of Health.

Some women feel conflicted about their changing identity and new responsibilities and this can factor in. Sharp drop in the hormones estrogen and progesterone after childbirth may trigger the illness, and lack of sleep can contribute as well. Not all women experience anxiety as a symptom of postpartum depression. You may feel nervous, frightened, restless, or stressed. Some women have intense worry about their baby’s health & safety. If you constantly feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for your newborn, or if nerves interfere with your ability to handle everyday tasks, it could be a sign.

8 Signs of Postpartum Depression:

  • Totally avoiding family and friends
  • Not being able to take care of yourself or your baby
  • Trouble feeling close to your baby, or bonding
  • Fears that you’re not a good mother
  • Severe mood swings, anxiety, or panic attacks
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Lack of interest in daily tasks
  • Thoughts of harming your baby
  • Thoughts of suicide, or suicide attempts



Swift actions to lift postpartum depression is important for a healthy mother and child. Without treatment, depression can last for many months and may have long-term consequences for you and your baby.  Research suggest that postpartum depression can interfere with bonding between Mother and child which can lead to behavioral problems and development delays when your child gets older.

If you’re having trouble coping with all the changes that new motherhood brings, see your doctor. They can determine if you’re experiencing postpartum depression or refer you to a counselor. Many new mothers feel embarrassed or ashamed and keep it to themselves, but having postpartum depression doesn’t make you a bad mother.

Tips to feel better

  • Accept help from family and friends
  • Rest when you can
  • Spend time with other new mothers who can relate to what you’re going through
  • Hire a babysitter and take time for yourself
  • See your Doctor, See a Counselor, Join a New Mom’s Support Group



For Family Members – Lack of support is a major factor in postpartum depression. There are several ways family members can help.

  • Check-in on a regular basis to see how she’s doing
  • Make her a nutritious meal
  • Watch the baby so she can nap or take a shower
  • Help out with housework


For additional information and resources go to

Jane-Moore, Clinix Behavioral Consultant



We at Clinix are here for you. If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs, and would like to talk to a Behaviorial Health Counselor, then Jane Moore, LCSW is here for you.

Call to schedule an appointment at (303)721-9984.


Article written by: Jane Moore