Postpartum depression is very common in new mothers. The “Baby Blues” as they are called occur in about 13% of new mothers. The most common symptoms are feeling overwhelmed, crying a lot, becoming easily frustrated, low self-esteem, loosing interest in activities and withdrawing from friends and family. It is important to talk to your doctor about what you are feeling. In addition, take advantage of family members and friends who are offering to help. Having people help either with caring for your newborn or with household tasks can help you to feel more in control of your life. Do not feel bad about delegating these tasks. You are not expected to do everything. Sometimes the blues will go away on their own, but often it helps to speak to someone. Our psychologist is available to help discuss your feelings with you and help you to get through this difficult time. Please visit his website for more information and to schedule an appointment www.drjoshuarosenthal.com
Occasionally medications are needed to treat postpartum depression. Your doctor or psychologist will help you decide if this is right for you.
If you are ever feel like hurting yourself or your baby, Call 911 immediately.
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