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Postpartum Depression (cont.)

Postpartum Depression Symptoms and Signs

Signs and symptoms usually appear any time from 24 hours to a few months after delivery.

  • If you have these, it is important to see a health care professional, who will look for other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.
    • Sad mood, frequent crying
    • Lack of pleasure or interest in activities that once gave pleasure
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Weight loss
    • Loss of energy
    • Agitation or anxiety
    • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
    • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
    • Thoughts of death, suicide or homicide of the baby
    • Decreased interest in sex
    • Feelings of rejection
  • Physical symptoms such as frequent headaches, chest pain, rapid heart beat, numbness, shakiness or dizziness, and mild shortness of breath suggest anxiety. Postpartum anxiety disorder is a separate disorder from postpartum depression, but the two often occur together.
  • See the introduction to this article for symptoms specific to the types of postpartum depression.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/24/2014

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