It’s common for new mothers to have the "baby blues," occasional feelings of sadness or anxiety in the days following delivery.
But if you continue to feel down after a couple of weeks, you may be suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). This common, treatable condition affects many new mothers—and help is available at Cedars-Sinai.
Check the Symptoms
Do you have any of the following signs and symptoms? If so, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. Please consult your doctor for evaluation and treatment.
- Feelings of sadness
- Severe mood swings
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Panic attacks, nervousness and anxiety
- Excessive worry about your baby
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Fear that you can’t take care of your baby
- Feelings of guilt and inadequacy
- Difficulty accepting motherhood
- Feeling disconnected
If you're experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, seek help immediately from your partner, family or a close friend, and call 911.
For more information about screenings and treatment for postpartum depression, visit www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org. You can also find a directory of maternal mental-health resources in Los Angeles County at http://directory.maternalmentalhealthnow.org.
Post-Childbirth Screening and Treatment
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai are studying how mental health screening and evaluation can help reduce women's risk of postpartum depression. Learn more about the latest obstetrics clinical trials and research programs.