Mental Health: Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

May 23, 2022

Medical visitThe birth of a child is one of the biggest blessings any parent can receive. When expectant parents are preparing for their child’s birth, they often have expectations of how parenthood will look. Postpartum depression is not a potential aspect most envision. After all, most of society tells us this is the most joyful and happy time for families.

Postpartum depression affects 1 in 10 women after giving birth. It is also estimated that about 50% of mothers with postpartum depression are not diagnosed by their health care professional.

Having a baby can dysregulate a woman’s emotions, so speak up if you are feeling any of the following symptoms. You are not alone and effective treatment is available!

 Some of the symptoms to look for:

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Mood swings
  • Crying spells
  • Difficulty with Sleep
  • Losing sense of self/purpose
  • Irritability
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Poor concertation
  • Loss or increased appetite
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts


Unlike the “baby blues”, these symptoms can persist if left untreated. Your doctor should screen for postpartum depression by asking a series of questions- do not be afraid to “tell it like it is”. If you experience any symptoms of depression and they persist for more than a few weeks, and if no improvement has been made after a few weeks of giving birth there is help out there for new parents.

Behavioral Health SessionPostpartum depression does not only affect new moms, it also affects fathers too. Studies have found that around 50% of men with partners who have been diagnosed with postpartum depression will go on to develop depression themselves.

Consider these options if you are experiencing postpartum depression.

  • Seek help from your primary care provider or other health care professional.
  • Call a mental health professional.
  • Call a suicide hotline. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use their webchat on
  • Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
  • Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone else in your faith community.


You are not alone in this and there is help out there. It does not make you a bad parent if you are experiencing postpartum depression.

StayWell Health Center

Behavioral Health Department