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Postpartum Depression Symptoms

(Also Known As: Postpartum Symptoms, Depression Symptoms, Baby Blues Symptoms, Pregnancy Depression Symptoms, Maternity Blues Symptoms, Postpartum Exhaustion Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Postpartum Depression?

It is important to identify the different symptoms of postpartum blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis since these conditions have overlapping manifestation of symptoms which can be mistaken one from the other.

Postpartum Blues (occurs during the first few weeks after delivery)

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Tears/crying
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Decreased concentration
  • Sleep disturbance such as trouble sleeping

Postpartum Depression (occurs following the period of postpartum blues that may last up to 6 months or more with intense and longer duration of symptoms)

  • Insomnia and other sleeping problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Feeling of shame, inadequacy and guilt
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Unhappy
  • Severe mood swings
  • Withdrawal from the family and friends
  • Difficulty bonding with the baby
  • Thought of harming oneself or the baby
  • Hopelessness and emptiness
  • Depression
  • Loss of weight
  • Sluggishness
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Suicide

Postpartum psychosis (occurs during the first 3 weeks after childbirth with severe symptoms)

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Attempt to harm oneself or the baby
  • Disturbed sleep even when the baby is sleeping
  • Drastic changes in mood
  • Drastic behavior

Could You Have Postpartum Depression?

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