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Postpartum Depression



There are many intense emotions that come with the experience of having a new baby, though most new mothers don’t necessarily expect to experience depression. It is, however, an extremely common experience, ranging from low-level “baby blues” to more serious or persistent symptoms of insomnia, irritability, intense fatigue, mood swings, or difficulty bonding with your baby, to name a few. These can be terrifying to experience, leading to thoughts of being a horrible or unnatural mother. Postpartum depression can be usually be alleviated by prompt treatment.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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Moms Talk about Their Postpartum Depression

“There’s so much pressure right now to be a perfect mom.”

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This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression

Daphne Merkin has been hospitalized three times: first, in grade school, for childhood depression; years later, after her daughter was born, for severe postpartum depression; and later still, after her mother died, for obsessive suicidal thinking.

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Postpartum Depression

The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression.

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Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression

In this intimate and moving graphic memoir, Teresa Wong writes and illustrates the story of her struggle with postpartum depression in the form of a letter to her daughter Scarlet.

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Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery.

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Mama, You Are Enough: How to Create Calm, Joy, and Confidence Within the Chaos of Motherhood

An Honest and Revolutionary Guide to the Emotions Moms Feel But Seldom Talk About A few years ago, Dr. Claire Nicogossian began noticing a trend in her therapy room: Mothers are struggling with the challenging and unexpected emotions that surface during their journey through motherhood.

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It Wasn’t Supposed to be Like This: A Postpartum Depression Survival Guide With Over 100 Ideas to Manage Loneliness, Sadness and Guilt So You Can Begin to Enjoy Motherhood

An easy-to-read survival guide for those struggling under the relentless weight of postpartum depression. Written by a mother who understands exactly how it feels to see yourself as the worst parent in the world.

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Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month

Take charge of your pregnancy. For trusted advice, turn to Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

An inclusive, non-judgmental, and empowering guide to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum life that puts mothers first, offering straightforward guidance on all the options and issues that matter most to them (and their partners) when preparing for a baby.

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Mom with Postpartum Depression Shows Reality of Having a Mental Illness

For women like Kathy DiVincenzo, navigating motherhood while dealing with postpartum depression is not easy. So she had a photo shoot to show what being a mom with her condition, in addition to OCD and anxiety, is really like.

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WHAT MIGHT HELP

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The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

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