“It is especially important for new parents to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression. Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth,” said Tiffany Ross, director of education and outreach at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.
Approximately 11-20% of women will experience postpartum depression after giving birth. Though treatable, postpartum depression is a complex condition that can affect the entire family.
“Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between postpartum depression and the normal stress and exhaustion of being a new mother. But if your feelings are so powerful that they prevent you from being able to do your daily tasks, such as taking care of yourself and others, it’s important to talk to your doctor or a mental health professional,” said Molly LaFauci, board member and Treasures of Texas chair at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.
Many women experience a change of mood called “baby blues” in the weeks after giving birth. However, if symptoms last longer or are more severe, it could be postpartum depression.
“Postpartum depression can look different for everyone, and mother’s emotions in the weeks and months after delivery are especially important. One woman’s experience may include just a few symptoms while others may have more severe symptoms,” said Ross.