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Postpartum Depression: Not the Baby Blues


Postpartum Depression: Not the Baby Blues


Most mothers experience some levels of sadness and anxiety following a pregnancy. This state, often called the baby blues, can last up to two weeks and is completely normal. However, if a mother experiences overwhelming emotions of sadness and mood swings beyond the first few weeks, it might signify an evolving postpartum depression which requires treatment. Postpartum depression is not necessarily a continuation of the baby blues and may begin at a much later time. In both cases, mothers and particularly first time mothers, require caring support from the people around them.

Dr. Stefanie Green, Maternity Physician, Michal Regev, Psychologist, PhD, Enid Elliot, Early Childhood Consultant, PhD, Dr. Deirdre Ryan, Psychiatrist, Dr. Carolyn Steinberg, Psychiatrist
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