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Postpartum Depression Fast Facts
To be diagnosed, postpartum depression must occur no later than one month after a mother gives birth, but the disorder may begin during pregnancy. Postpartum depression is difficult to diagnose because many of its symptoms, to a lesser severity, are common in women after giving birth.
Postpartum blues, or “baby blues,” a less serious condition that is a risk factor for postpartum depression, is experienced by up to 85% of mothers within 10 days of giving birth.
The onset of postpartum depression may be related to sensitivity to hormonal fluctuations that occur naturally after giving birth. Antidepressants can be used to treat postpartum depression, but breastfeeding mothers should consult their health care providers about the risks and benefits of these medications.
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Postpartum Depression Caregiver Tips
As is the case with major depression and other depressive disorders, those who care for sufferers of postpartum depression are at risk for developing depression themselves. Caregivers for someone with postpartum depression should consider these tips to help the sufferer and themselves to deal with the disorder:
- Learn as much as possible about the disorder.
- Don’t expect the sufferer to simply get better on their own.
- Seek out appropriate professional treatment for the sufferer.