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When the Baby Blues are Something Bigger

When the Baby Blues are Something Bigger

 

Mild “baby blues” go away on their own relatively quickly, while postpartum depression lasts for weeks or months. Because the symptoms can get in the way of our everyday lives, not to mention our happiness, it requires treatment.

 

Today is World Health Day, and the goal this year is to rally people around the globe to talk about depression and empower those suffering to get help. Not sure what the signs are? The World Health Organization defines depression as,

“an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following symptoms: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.”

 

Depression impacts people of all ages and from all walks of life. It can be devastating to our relationships, careers and daily life. But it's preventable and treatable. So even though you’ve just brought the most precious human home from the hospital and assume you’re supposed to feel happy every second of the day… you might not. If sadness, anxiety, and fear are hunkering down for the long haul, talk to someone—your health care provider, spouse, best friend, mom, or anyone you can open up to. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll get on the path to feeling like you again.

 

This piece is the opinion of the author only and not a medical guide. If you or someone you know is, or could be, affected by the issues raised in this post, we recommend seeking medical advice. Support and information is available via one of the numbers below:

 

UK

  • Samaritans – 116 123 (24 hrs a day)
  • Mind – 0300 123 3393 (9am – 6pm Mon-Fri)
  • NHS Choices – 111 (24 hrs a day)

US

You can find support and contact info here