What Is Postpartum Depression (PPD)?
New Mothers Can Suffer
This is a mood disorder that affects some women after pregnancy and childbirth. A woman who has just given birth may feel anxiety, deep sadness, and exhaustion afterwards. Symptoms can be so severe that they interfere with a mom's ability to carry out daily activities and care for themselves, their babies, and others.
A Real Mental Health Condition
Postpartum depression is more than just the baby blues. It is not possible to just "snap out of" it. Postnatal depression is a real mental health condition that requires proper diagnosis and treatment. The feelings of sadness and depressive symptoms a mother has postpartum cannot be talked away. This is a physical illness that responds to medical intervention. Baby blues is less severe and resolves more quickly than PPD.