Symptoms

These are just some of the ways moms with PPD feel.

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression (PPD) describes a number of feelings and symptoms that may occur during the perinatal period—from pregnancy through the first year following childbirth. Having PPD does not mean you must feel depressed or "down."  It is different in everyone it touches, but most share some or all of these symptoms:

Baby Blues

Prenatal/Postpartum Depression or Anxiety

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Panic Disorder

Psychosis*

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

80% of new moms

15-20% of new moms

 

 

Rare: 1-2 per 1000

 

Begins in the 1st week after childbirth

Onset anytime from pregnancy thru the 1st year after childbirth

 

 

Typical onset 2-3 days postpartum

 

May last a week or two, but will subside on its own

 

 

 

5% suicide rate, 4% infanticide rate

 

Symptoms

Symptoms

Symptoms

Symptoms

Symptoms

Symptoms

Weepiness

Excessive Worry

Intrusive, repetitive, persistent thoughts

Periods of extreme anxiety

Hallucinations

Recurrent nightmares

Sadness

Difficulty Making decisions; feeling overwhelmed, can’t “Think Straight”

Thoughts of harm coming to the baby

Difficulty breathing, chest pain, feelings of choking or smothering

Delusional Thinking

Extreme Anxiety

Anxiety

Sleep difficulties-cannot/too much

Tremendous sense of horror and disgust of these thoughts often accompanied by avoidance behaviors in order to cope (i.e. hiding knives)

Hot/Cold flashes, shaking, numbness, palpitations

Delirium, Mania

Reliving past traumatic events (for example, childbirth, emotional, sexual or physical)

Mood Instability

Feelings of sadness, guilt, hopelessness, phobias

Repetitive behaviors (counting, cleaning)

Fears of dying, going crazy

*Requires Immediate Medical Care

 

Lack of Concentration

Physical symptoms/complaints without apparent cause

 

Restlessness, irritability

 

 

 

Discomfort or detachment around the baby

 

Excessive worry, including fear of more panic attacks

 

 

 

Changes in Appetite

 

 

 

 

 

Loss of Interest or Pleasure

 

 

 

 

Are you having scary thoughts?
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