Recently I came across a blog about postpartum depression and distinguishing it from no
depression post-baby and the baby blues. While well intentioned, I was dismayed to see how inaccurate the information was, as it not only combined postpartum depression with
postpartum anxiety (two VERY different issues) but also over-inflated the baby blues and short-changed the variety of postpartum depression symptoms that exist.
Postpartum mood disorders impact 1 in 8 new parents (for the non-pregnant parent, it tends to occur in 1 in 10 people). Perinatal mood disorder can be serious and even deadly if not treated. Fortunately, treatment is effective. A consultation with a trained mental health provider and/or psychiatrist that has specific training in reproductive health can reverse the symptoms and help you feel more like yourself.
To clear up any misconceptions, here is my chart:
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Dr Julie Bindeman is a reproductive psychologist and the co-founder of Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington.