Temporary feelings of sadness or anxiety that get stronger or continue more than a few days after a mother gives birth may be signs of postpartum depression. Fortunately, effective treatments exist. Talk to your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Exaggerated mood swings. From moment to moment you might go from feeling happy to being irritable or crying uncontrollably.
- Fatigue. You feel exhausted most of the time.
- Appetite disturbances. You have a loss of appetite or are eating too much.
- Difficulty concentrating. You feel confused or seem to forget things.
- Inability to cope with everyday situations. You may feel overwhelmed or helpless.
- Low self-esteem. This can include feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
- Lack of interest in the baby. Or, you resent the baby or other family members.
- Fear of harming yourself or your baby. Contact a health care professional immediately if there are thoughts of injuring the parent or baby.
- Anxiety or panic. You have a fear of losing control or physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations or shortness of breath.