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postpartum depression informationLooking for answers about what postpartum depression is and why you have it and what to do about it? Wondering whether what you are experiencing is just normal new mom stress or something that needs treatment? Use the drop down menu in the navigation bar above to get lists of symptoms, a list of frequently asked questions and more.

We know you’re probably feeling very scared, confused, disappointed, sad or angry right now, or possibly even a combination of all of the above.

We’re here to help! Hundreds of thousands of women in the U.S., and even more all across the globe, get postpartum depression and related illnesses every year. You didn’t do anything to cause it and you haven’t done anything to deserve it. If you have postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety, OCD, PTSD, psychosis or antenatal depression or anxiety, it’s NOT YOUR FAULT. It’s temporary and treatable with professional help. To learn more about the various ways our organization provides support to moms like you, click here.

 

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  1. im twelve months post partum as to date. at ten months post partum I started suffering from anxiety that anxiety that led me to a psyc hospital not knowing that I was hyperthyroid . that’s when the intrusive thoughts had started and still at twelve months post partum and being treated for the over active thyroid I am still having the thoughts it scares me because I am not use to having such thoughts im not a violent person I coudnt see myself hurting anyone can someone tell me if they been threw this .

    • I’m sorry CB13. It might be possible that you have a postpartum mental disorder along with over-active thyroid. It’s important that you treat both conditions. Can you talk with your doctor about your ongoing symptoms? You may also want to consider seeing a psychiatrist that has more expertise in helping women with PPD and related illnesses. I hope you can find the help you need.

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  3. My baby is gonna turn 2 in March. I thought at first I was going crazy.I had in thinkable images of hurting my daughter.I would be holding her sometimes and the image of me letting her go and hitting the dresser scared the hell outta me .I would cry out of nowhere and be scared of the dark. I always wanted at least the tv on. I avoid seeking a doctor because I didn’t want them to think I was crazy and title me as an unfit mother. I still feel like I’m a bad mom and a horrible person. Am really am trying to take it day by day. But I’m just struggling

    • You are not a bad mom. They are thoughts, not you. And the thoughts are a part of an illness that is not you. The illness is treatable, but you can’t treat it without a healthcare professional’s help. Many women share your same fear. You are fit, you are a good mom, you are not crazy. You can do this. Reach out. You deserve to feel better, mama. It’s been too long.

  4. I am a mother of a 7 weeks old son. I love him and don’t want anything bad to happen to him and I take care of him. After 3 days of his birth I started to have PPD symptoms ( afraid of being crazy, afraid of not being able to breastfeed him, having nightmares, 4 days sleepless, panic attacks). Due to my negative thoughts I am now constantly stressful and have sky high bloodpressure but everything was ok since I accepted that I have postpartum mental GAD or ppd and after that I was finally able to be happy , 2 days ago I start to have in thinkable image of me kissing him on his little private part (while I was changing his pampers happily and kiss him on his belly and feet) And I started to ask myself why I thought of such of an horrible and absurd thing, was it too much love or what? from there my anxiety started of me hurting him sexually and can’t stop being uncomfortable around my baby because of this. I thaught that I might be getting crazy and I would rather die before I hurt my child and suddenly taught about a movie about a mother sleeping with his son. The more I ask myself why I think about such things the more anxious I get and uncomfortable I am around my baby. I know it was just a thought but it bothers me so much.

    • Gbu – You’re not alone. As terrifying as your intrusive thoughts have become, they are still JUST thoughts and are a symptom of postpartum anxiety, a common and treatable maternal mental illness. Have you reached out for help? The longer these thoughts control you, the more anxiety you will feel. You don’t have to keep suffering. I’m so sorry you are going through this. You will get better.

  5. I’m only 7 days postpartum. I’m strictly breastfeeding and pumping. In the past 2 days my nipple s have become very sore are cracked and bleeding, my stitches(vaginal) ripped the first night i got home because I didn’t listen and walked up and down my steps to much there fore it hurts to use the bathroom really bad and hurts pretty much all day. I don’t know if I am just upset because of that or if it’s worse. I am happy and love my beautiful girl it just hurts and everywhere I read says it’s my fault my nipple s are cracked and bleeding…. but the lactation consultant that saw me in the hospital said that my daughters latch was perfect…. I just don’t understand

    • Ryny – I’m so sorry you are having a hard time. Can you schedule another appointment with a lactation consultant? You should able to call the hospital and do this. The baby’s latch can become shallow after your milk comes in. Keep a close eye on your emotions and if you don’t start feeling better soon, definitely talk with your doctor about how you have been feeling. Hugs to you!