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What is Postpartum Depression?

After delivery, most women experience “mood swings.” They may feel happy one minute and feel sad and tearful the next. They may feel overwhelmed or mildly depressed, lack concentration, and find that they cannot sleep. As many as 8 out of 10 new mothers will experience some or all of these symptoms.

If you experience these symptoms, you have what is commonly referred to as the “baby blues.” The “blues” are considered to be a normal part of early motherhood and are usually resolved by approximately 10 days after delivery. 

Although the “blues” are thought of as normal, some women will experience more severe or prolonged symptoms of depression, or onset of panic, anxiety or repetitive worries and behaviors which make it more difficult to enjoy their new baby or life in general.


How can family and friends best support someone experiencing postpartum depression?

Supporting someone experiencing postpartum depression requires understanding, patience, and proactive care. It’s essential to educate yourself about postpartum depression, its symptoms, and its effects. This knowledge will help you identify changes in behavior and mood, which can signify a need for professional help.

Firstly, make sure you’re offering emotional support. This can involve listening to them, being patient, and reassuring them that they’re not alone in their feelings. Try to help them feel understood and validated by recognizing and acknowledging their struggles.

Secondly, you can assist with daily tasks to ease the burden. This might include helping with household chores, childcare, or cooking meals. Reducing these stressors can significantly contribute to the affected person’s overall well-being.

Additionally, encourage them to seek professional help if they haven’t already. Postpartum depression is a serious medical condition that often requires treatment. Encourage them to visit their doctor or a mental health professional.

Lastly, remember to take care of your mental health. It can be challenging to support someone with postpartum depression, and it’s crucial to ensure your well-being doesn’t suffer in the process. Reach out to mental health resources if you need support or information.

Postpartum depression is not a weakness or flaw—it’s a medical condition that requires care, support, and treatment. With the correct approach and understanding, family and friends can play an invaluable role in a loved one’s recovery.


Postpartum depression is more serious than the “baby blues” and occurs in at least 1 out of 10 women after delivery. Symptoms of postpartum depression are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased energy and motivation
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Early morning awakening
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Increased crying or tearfulness
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless or overly guilty
  • Restlessness, irritability or anxiety
  • Unexplained weight gain/ loss
  • Thoughts of death
  • Worries about harming the baby

It can last for months when untreated. Seeking help from an experienced psychiatrist is essential to help the mother regain control of her life and embrace the joys that a new child can bring.

Each situation is different, and the treatment protocol will vary from patient to patient. Some mothers will benefit from individual therapy sessions while others may see significant improvement with the use of medication and other treatment strategies. An evaluation from a skilled psychiatrist can help determine the best course of treatment.

How do we treat Postpartum depression?


Our psychiatrists diagnose postpartum depression (PPD) by first conducting a comprehensive clinical evaluation of the patient. This includes a detailed interview to discuss the individual’s mental health history, current symptoms, and changes in behavior or mood since childbirth.

Medication Management

Once the evaluation is complete and medication is deemed appropriate, our psychiatrists select an antidepressant medication that is likely to be effective for the individual.


Postpartum depression (PPD) is a significant mental health concern that can affect new mothers. While medication and psychotherapy are commonly used to treat PPD, there are various alternative methods and therapies available to help manage this condition.