Are You at Risk?
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). A 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:
You may also enjoy this other blog by DR Julie Bindeman. Dr. Julie Bindeman is a reproductive psychologist and the co-founder of Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington.