Postpartum depression is a medical condition experienced by approximately 10 percent of women after their baby is born. It is normal to have some feelings of irritability, weepiness, impatience, low self-esteem, restlessness, oversensitivity, anxiety and lack of feelings for the baby. However, when these feelings are intense, frequent, and include anger, panic, hopelessness, and severe anxiety you may be suffering from PPD. With postpartum depression, pharmaceutical intervention may be required and can offer relief. If you have a family history of PPD, let your healthcare provider know prior to delivery so they can monitor you appropriately.
This Q&A discusses the difference between low mood or "baby blues", postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.
Read this Q&A to find our more about why you may not mentally feel like your normal, pre-pregnant self postpartum.