Postpartum depression is a type of clinical depression that can affect women after childbirth. Symptoms may include feelings of sadness or guilt, low energy, severe mood swings, reduced desire for sex, crying episodes, and excessive irritability. These symptoms extend beyond what is considered to be a “normal adjustment” to having a life with a newborn.
Postpartum depression usually begins a few weeks post delivery and is more pervasive then just the "baby blues" that majority of women experience.
Symptoms of postpartum depression include:
- Feelings overwhelmingness
- Sleep and eating changes
- Inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable
- Social withdrawal
- Low or no energy
- Becoming easily frustrated
- Feeling inadequate in taking care of the baby
- Decreased sex drive