Postpartum Depression - Clinical Perspective
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is not the baby blues. PPD is a serious depression in which parts of the brain shut down, the parts that enable a mother to see and interpret facial expressions and non-verbal communication. This can prevent a mother from recognizing her baby's signals or cues. Feelings of shame and unworthiness can also prevent her from parenting effectively. Mothers see themselves as “incompetent” and this contributes to the spiral of depression. Moms need support and medical intervention.