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I was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression when my daughter was 3-months-old. I knew that I had the Baby Blues, but they just didn't seem to go away and I felt like it was getting worse, not better.
I think a lot of my depression was triggered by not getting enough rest right after he was born, and in large part by my failure to breastfeed.
Hi my name is Michele and I am 31 years old. I was diagnosed with PPD when she was approximately 4 months old.
Postpartum mood changes are common, affecting up to 50% of deliveries. Their spectrum of presentation is wide -- from the "baby blues" all the way to full blown psychosis (thankfully rare). True postpartum depression is less frequent occurring in 10% of mothers.
Postpartum depression afflicts about 10% of women who have just given birth. It is a little-discussed ailment with devastating effects. Read more from Becky Hart...
For a nursing mother, making the decision to take medicine to treat this depression is tricky. We know some medicines are not safe to take when nursing; others are okay. For most medicines, there is not enough known to do better than make an educated guess. Most of the antidepressants fall into this last category.
From the moment you bring your baby home from the hospital, you begin to undergo more life changes than probably ever before. As your baby's life begins, a new life also begins for you. As countless others have told you, "your life will never be the same again".
Because of the stresses and physical depletion that come - amidst all the wonderful parts! - with raising a family, about half of all mothers have significant feelings of sadness or depressed mood, and one in eight will go through a clinical depression.