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1 Elizabeth, Roebling, N.J. www.njspeakup.gov 1-800-328-3838 stronger woman now." is that I am a PPD every year. Between 11,000 and 16,000 women suffer from of my getting help for PPD In New Jersey able to sleep. Her actions may be unpredictable. " Te positive aspect have hallucinations or delusions. She may not be know what is real and what is imagined. She may very severe. A woman with psychosis does not after birth. This illness is rare, and symptoms are therapy, safe medication, and support groups. usually happens within the first three months for her. This treatment includes the right Experiences postpartum psychosis, which can help a woman find the treatment that is best 1 woman in 1,000 Healthcare providers and licensed counselors Down seeing people or talking about her feelings. may feel out of control. She may want to avoid PPD may result in long-lasting effects. change from being very happy to very sad. She emotional growth. Waiting too long to treat harming the baby or herself. Her moods might child are important for the babys physical and eating and sleeping. She may have fears of Healthy feelings between a mother and her When You re remembering things. She may have trouble anxious, irritable, guilty, and have difficulty Visit www.njspeakup.gov with PPD may feel sluggish, sad, confused, residents) Experiences postpartum depression. A woman services near your home (New Jersey 1 woman in 8 Call 1-800-328-3838 to find treatment Speak Up last longer than two weeks impatient, irritable, restless, and anxious. Seek treatment if feelings of unhappiness They may cry for no apparent reason, feel Join a PPD support group Experience the baby blues after giving birth. Exercise for more energy 8 women in 10 Eat a healthy diet the baby happen before the baby is born. Ask family and friends to help care for These symptoms are like the baby blues but Tell your doctor Experiences depression during pregnancy. you trust Depres sion Talk about your feelings with people 1 woman in 10 Recognizing Pos tpartum If you think you or a loved one may have PPD: Has a Baby 1-800-328-3838 When a Woman Speak Up When Youre Down Highs & Lows, Ups & Downs: PPD: Temporary & Treatable Young & Older, Urban & The Many Moods of PPD Suburban: PPD Can Having a baby is a major life change. PPD can affect any woman who: Affect Anyone Every new baby is one of a kind and so is every new mom. Some women seem to sail through Is pregnant No one is 100 percent sure why postpartum pregnancy and the first days of motherhood Has recently had a baby depression happens, but risk factors include: joyfully. Others ride a roller coaster of emotions, Has ended a pregnancy or has miscarried feeling happy and excited one minute and lonely Has stopped breast-feeding Changes in the bodys hormone levels or tearful the next. Most of the time, feelings of A difficult pregnancy sadness are mild and pass quickly, but some- PPD can appear days or even months after A birth that did not go as planned times they are serious and dont go away. The childbirth. The warning signs are different Medical problems with the mother or important thing is to understand the difference for everyone but include: baby and to get help when it is needed. Not getting enough sleep Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much Feeling alone Up to 80 percent of new mothers cry easily or Changes in appetite eating much more Loss of freedom feel stressed following the birth of a baby. These or much less Sudden changes in the home or work feelings, known as the baby blues, usually go Feeling irritable, angry, or nervous routines away in a couple of weeks. However, some Feeling exhausted Personal or family history of depression women feel a heavy sadness that doesnt go away. Not enjoying life as much as in the past Previous experience with PPD These women may have postpartum depression Lack of interest in the baby Not having enough support from family (PPD) or, more rarely, a condition known as Lack of interest in friends and family and friends postpartum psychosis. A woman with one of Lack of interest in sex High levels of stress these more serious problems may have difficulty Feeling guilty or worthless bonding with her baby. She may feel that she is Feeling hopeless Although some women are more likely to not a good mother. She may think that she Crying uncontrollably experience depression than others, PPD can doesnt love her baby enough. Feelings of being a bad mother happen with any pregnancy or birth, even if a Trouble concentrating woman has had other babies without emotional These feeling are upsetting. However, women Low energy problems. Women of every culture, age, income need to know that treatment is available. Thoughts of harming the baby or herself level, and race can have PPD. Family and friends may feel upset by these mood It is important to remember that PPD is no "Women need to understand changes; in fact, they may notice that there is a ones fault, and treatment is available. problem even before the new mom does. They can help by being patient and supportive. that postpartum depression PHONE Love and support, however, may not be enough. 1-800-328-3838 is normal. It happens When symptoms last longer than two weeks or affect a womans ability to enjoy her daily life, loved ones should encourage the new mother to WEB SITE to even the most mentally get help right away. Whether symptoms are mild njspeakup.gov or severe, with proper treatment, anyone can recover from PPD. balanced woman." Alyson, East Windsor, N.J.

2 Elizabeth, Roebling, N.J. www.njspeakup.gov 1-800-328-3838 stronger woman now." is that I am a PPD every year. Between 11,000 and 16,000 women suffer from of my getting help for PPD In New Jersey able to sleep. Her actions may be unpredictable. " Te positive aspect have hallucinations or delusions. She may not be know what is real and what is imagined. She may very severe. A woman with psychosis does not after birth. This illness is rare, and symptoms are therapy, safe medication, and support groups. usually happens within the first three months for her. This treatment includes the right Experiences postpartum psychosis, which can help a woman find the treatment that is best 1 woman in 1,000 Healthcare providers and licensed counselors Down seeing people or talking about her feelings. may feel out of control. She may want to avoid PPD may result in long-lasting effects. change from being very happy to very sad. She emotional growth. Waiting too long to treat harming the baby or herself. Her moods might child are important for the babys physical and eating and sleeping. She may have fears of Healthy feelings between a mother and her When You re remembering things. She may have trouble anxious, irritable, guilty, and have difficulty Visit www.njspeakup.gov with PPD may feel sluggish, sad, confused, residents) Experiences postpartum depression. A woman services near your home (New Jersey 1 woman in 8 Call 1-800-328-3838 to find treatment Speak Up last longer than two weeks impatient, irritable, restless, and anxious. Seek treatment if feelings of unhappiness They may cry for no apparent reason, feel Join a PPD support group Experience the baby blues after giving birth. Exercise for more energy 8 women in 10 Eat a healthy diet the baby happen before the baby is born. Ask family and friends to help care for These symptoms are like the baby blues but Tell your doctor Experiences depression during pregnancy. you trust Depres sion Talk about your feelings with people 1 woman in 10 Recognizing Pos tpartum If you think you or a loved one may have PPD: Has a Baby 1-800-328-3838 When a Woman Speak Up When Youre Down Highs & Lows, Ups & Downs: PPD: Temporary & Treatable Young & Older, Urban & The Many Moods of PPD Suburban: PPD Can Having a baby is a major life change. PPD can affect any woman who: Affect Anyone Every new baby is one of a kind and so is every new mom. Some women seem to sail through Is pregnant No one is 100 percent sure why postpartum pregnancy and the first days of motherhood Has recently had a baby depression happens, but risk factors include: joyfully. Others ride a roller coaster of emotions, Has ended a pregnancy or has miscarried feeling happy and excited one minute and lonely Has stopped breast-feeding Changes in the bodys hormone levels or tearful the next. Most of the time, feelings of A difficult pregnancy sadness are mild and pass quickly, but some- PPD can appear days or even months after A birth that did not go as planned times they are serious and dont go away. The childbirth. The warning signs are different Medical problems with the mother or important thing is to understand the difference for everyone but include: baby and to get help when it is needed. Not getting enough sleep Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much Feeling alone Up to 80 percent of new mothers cry easily or Changes in appetite eating much more Loss of freedom feel stressed following the birth of a baby. These or much less Sudden changes in the home or work feelings, known as the baby blues, usually go Feeling irritable, angry, or nervous routines away in a couple of weeks. However, some Feeling exhausted Personal or family history of depression women feel a heavy sadness that doesnt go away. Not enjoying life as much as in the past Previous experience with PPD These women may have postpartum depression Lack of interest in the baby Not having enough support from family (PPD) or, more rarely, a condition known as Lack of interest in friends and family and friends postpartum psychosis. A woman with one of Lack of interest in sex High levels of stress these more serious problems may have difficulty Feeling guilty or worthless bonding with her baby. She may feel that she is Feeling hopeless Although some women are more likely to not a good mother. She may think that she Crying uncontrollably experience depression than others, PPD can doesnt love her baby enough. Feelings of being a bad mother happen with any pregnancy or birth, even if a Trouble concentrating woman has had other babies without emotional These feeling are upsetting. However, women Low energy problems. Women of every culture, age, income need to know that treatment is available. Thoughts of harming the baby or herself level, and race can have PPD. Family and friends may feel upset by these mood It is important to remember that PPD is no "Women need to understand changes; in fact, they may notice that there is a ones fault, and treatment is available. problem even before the new mom does. They can help by being patient and supportive. that postpartum depression PHONE Love and support, however, may not be enough. 1-800-328-3838 is normal. It happens When symptoms last longer than two weeks or affect a womans ability to enjoy her daily life, loved ones should encourage the new mother to WEB SITE to even the most mentally get help right away. Whether symptoms are mild njspeakup.gov or severe, with proper treatment, anyone can recover from PPD. balanced woman." Alyson, East Windsor, N.J.

3 Elizabeth, Roebling, N.J. www.njspeakup.gov 1-800-328-3838 stronger woman now." is that I am a PPD every year. Between 11,000 and 16,000 women suffer from of my getting help for PPD In New Jersey able to sleep. Her actions may be unpredictable. " Te positive aspect have hallucinations or delusions. She may not be know what is real and what is imagined. She may very severe. A woman with psychosis does not after birth. This illness is rare, and symptoms are therapy, safe medication, and support groups. usually happens within the first three months for her. This treatment includes the right Down Experiences postpartum psychosis, which 1 woman in 1,000 can help a woman find the treatment that is best Healthcare providers and licensed counselors seeing people or talking about her feelings. may feel out of control. She may want to avoid PPD may result in long-lasting effects. change from being very happy to very sad. She emotional growth. Waiting too long to treat When You re harming the baby or herself. Her moods might child are important for the babys physical and Healthy feelings between a mother and her eating and sleeping. She may have fears of remembering things. She may have trouble anxious, irritable, guilty, and have difficulty Visit www.njspeakup.gov with PPD may feel sluggish, sad, confused, residents) Speak Up Experiences postpartum depression. A woman services near your home (New Jersey Call 1-800-328-3838 to find treatment 1 woman in 8 last longer than two weeks impatient, irritable, restless, and anxious. Seek treatment if feelings of unhappiness They may cry for no apparent reason, feel Join a PPD support group Experience the baby blues after giving birth. Exercise for more energy 8 women in 10 Eat a healthy diet the baby happen before the baby is born. Ask family and friends to help care for These symptoms are like the baby blues but Tell your doctor Experiences depression during pregnancy. you trust Depres sion Talk about your feelings with people 1 woman in 10 Recognizing Pos tpartum If you think you or a loved one may have PPD: Has a Baby 1-800-328-3838 When a Woman Speak Up When Youre Down Highs & Lows, Ups & Downs: PPD: Temporary & Treatable Young & Older, Urban & The Many Moods of PPD Suburban: PPD Can Having a baby is a major life change. PPD can affect any woman who: Affect Anyone Every new baby is one of a kind and so is every new mom. Some women seem to sail through Is pregnant No one is 100 percent sure why postpartum pregnancy and the first days of motherhood Has recently had a baby depression happens, but risk factors include: joyfully. Others ride a roller coaster of emotions, Has ended a pregnancy or has miscarried feeling happy and excited one minute and lonely Has stopped breast-feeding Changes in the bodys hormone levels or tearful the next. Most of the time, feelings of A difficult pregnancy sadness are mild and pass quickly, but some- PPD can appear days or even months after A birth that did not go as planned times they are serious and dont go away. The childbirth. The warning signs are different Medical problems with the mother or important thing is to understand the difference for everyone but include: baby and to get help when it is needed. Not getting enough sleep Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much Feeling alone Up to 80 percent of new mothers cry easily or Changes in appetite eating much more Loss of freedom feel stressed following the birth of a baby. These or much less Sudden changes in the home or work feelings, known as the baby blues, usually go Feeling irritable, angry, or nervous routines away in a couple of weeks. However, some Feeling exhausted Personal or family history of depression women feel a heavy sadness that doesnt go away. Not enjoying life as much as in the past Previous experience with PPD These women may have postpartum depression Lack of interest in the baby Not having enough support from family (PPD) or, more rarely, a condition known as Lack of interest in friends and family and friends postpartum psychosis. A woman with one of Lack of interest in sex High levels of stress these more serious problems may have difficulty Feeling guilty or worthless bonding with her baby. She may feel that she is Feeling hopeless Although some women are more likely to not a good mother. She may think that she Crying uncontrollably experience depression than others, PPD can doesnt love her baby enough. Feelings of being a bad mother happen with any pregnancy or birth, even if a Trouble concentrating woman has had other babies without emotional These feeling are upsetting. However, women Low energy problems. Women of every culture, age, income need to know that treatment is available. Thoughts of harming the baby or herself level, and race can have PPD. Family and friends may feel upset by these mood It is important to remember that PPD is no "Women need to understand changes; in fact, they may notice that there is a ones fault, and treatment is available. problem even before the new mom does. They that postpartum depression can help by being patient and supportive. PHONE Love and support, however, may not be enough. 1-800-328-3838 is normal. It happens When symptoms last longer than two weeks or affect a womans ability to enjoy her daily life, loved ones should encourage the new mother to WEB SITE to even the most mentally get help right away. Whether symptoms are mild njspeakup.gov or severe, with proper treatment, anyone can balanced woman." recover from PPD. Alyson, East Windsor, N.J.

4 Elizabeth, Roebling, N.J. www.njspeakup.gov 1-800-328-3838 stronger woman now." is that I am a PPD every year. Between 11,000 and 16,000 women suffer from of my getting help for PPD In New Jersey able to sleep. Her actions may be unpredictable. " Te positive aspect have hallucinations or delusions. She may not be know what is real and what is imagined. She may very severe. A woman with psychosis does not after birth. This illness is rare, and symptoms are therapy, safe medication, and support groups. usually happens within the first three months for her. This treatment includes the right Down Experiences postpartum psychosis, which 1 woman in 1,000 can help a woman find the treatment that is best Healthcare providers and licensed counselors seeing people or talking about her feelings. may feel out of control. She may want to avoid PPD may result in long-lasting effects. change from being very happy to very sad. She emotional growth. Waiting too long to treat When You re harming the baby or herself. Her moods might child are important for the babys physical and Healthy feelings between a mother and her eating and sleeping. She may have fears of remembering things. She may have trouble anxious, irritable, guilty, and have difficulty Visit www.njspeakup.gov with PPD may feel sluggish, sad, confused, residents) Speak Up Experiences postpartum depression. A woman services near your home (New Jersey Call 1-800-328-3838 to find treatment 1 woman in 8 last longer than two weeks impatient, irritable, restless, and anxious. Seek treatment if feelings of unhappiness They may cry for no apparent reason, feel Join a PPD support group Experience the baby blues after giving birth. Exercise for more energy 8 women in 10 Eat a healthy diet the baby happen before the baby is born. Ask family and friends to help care for These symptoms are like the baby blues but Tell your doctor Experiences depression during pregnancy. you trust Depres sion Talk about your feelings with people 1 woman in 10 Recognizing Pos tpartum If you think you or a loved one may have PPD: Has a Baby 1-800-328-3838 When a Woman Speak Up When Youre Down Highs & Lows, Ups & Downs: PPD: Temporary & Treatable Young & Older, Urban & The Many Moods of PPD Suburban: PPD Can Having a baby is a major life change. PPD can affect any woman who: Affect Anyone Every new baby is one of a kind and so is every new mom. Some women seem to sail through Is pregnant No one is 100 percent sure why postpartum pregnancy and the first days of motherhood Has recently had a baby depression happens, but risk factors include: joyfully. Others ride a roller coaster of emotions, Has ended a pregnancy or has miscarried feeling happy and excited one minute and lonely Has stopped breast-feeding Changes in the bodys hormone levels or tearful the next. Most of the time, feelings of A difficult pregnancy sadness are mild and pass quickly, but some- PPD can appear days or even months after A birth that did not go as planned times they are serious and dont go away. The childbirth. The warning signs are different Medical problems with the mother or important thing is to understand the difference for everyone but include: baby and to get help when it is needed. Not getting enough sleep Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much Feeling alone Up to 80 percent of new mothers cry easily or Changes in appetite eating much more Loss of freedom feel stressed following the birth of a baby. These or much less Sudden changes in the home or work feelings, known as the baby blues, usually go Feeling irritable, angry, or nervous routines away in a couple of weeks. However, some Feeling exhausted Personal or family history of depression women feel a heavy sadness that doesnt go away. Not enjoying life as much as in the past Previous experience with PPD These women may have postpartum depression Lack of interest in the baby Not having enough support from family (PPD) or, more rarely, a condition known as Lack of interest in friends and family and friends postpartum psychosis. A woman with one of Lack of interest in sex High levels of stress these more serious problems may have difficulty Feeling guilty or worthless bonding with her baby. She may feel that she is Feeling hopeless Although some women are more likely to not a good mother. She may think that she Crying uncontrollably experience depression than others, PPD can doesnt love her baby enough. Feelings of being a bad mother happen with any pregnancy or birth, even if a Trouble concentrating woman has had other babies without emotional These feeling are upsetting. However, women Low energy problems. Women of every culture, age, income need to know that treatment is available. Thoughts of harming the baby or herself level, and race can have PPD. Family and friends may feel upset by these mood It is important to remember that PPD is no "Women need to understand changes; in fact, they may notice that there is a ones fault, and treatment is available. problem even before the new mom does. They that postpartum depression can help by being patient and supportive. PHONE Love and support, however, may not be enough. 1-800-328-3838 is normal. It happens When symptoms last longer than two weeks or affect a womans ability to enjoy her daily life, loved ones should encourage the new mother to WEB SITE to even the most mentally get help right away. Whether symptoms are mild njspeakup.gov or severe, with proper treatment, anyone can balanced woman." recover from PPD. Alyson, East Windsor, N.J.

5 Elizabeth, Roebling, N.J. www.njspeakup.gov 1-800-328-3838 stronger woman now." is that I am a PPD every year. Between 11,000 and 16,000 women suffer from of my getting help for PPD In New Jersey able to sleep. Her actions may be unpredictable. " Te positive aspect have hallucinations or delusions. She may not be know what is real and what is imagined. She may very severe. A woman with psychosis does not after birth. This illness is rare, and symptoms are therapy, safe medication, and support groups. usually happens within the first three months for her. This treatment includes the right Down Experiences postpartum psychosis, which 1 woman in 1,000 can help a woman find the treatment that is best Healthcare providers and licensed counselors seeing people or talking about her feelings. may feel out of control. She may want to avoid PPD may result in long-lasting effects. change from being very happy to very sad. She emotional growth. Waiting too long to treat When You re harming the baby or herself. Her moods might child are important for the babys physical and Healthy feelings between a mother and her eating and sleeping. She may have fears of remembering things. She may have trouble anxious, irritable, guilty, and have difficulty Visit www.njspeakup.gov with PPD may feel sluggish, sad, confused, residents) Speak Up Experiences postpartum depression. A woman services near your home (New Jersey Call 1-800-328-3838 to find treatment 1 woman in 8 last longer than two weeks impatient, irritable, restless, and anxious. Seek treatment if feelings of unhappiness They may cry for no apparent reason, feel Join a PPD support group Experience the baby blues after giving birth. Exercise for more energy 8 women in 10 Eat a healthy diet the baby happen before the baby is born. Ask family and friends to help care for These symptoms are like the baby blues but Tell your doctor Experiences depression during pregnancy. you trust Depres sion Talk about your feelings with people 1 woman in 10 Recognizing Pos tpartum If you think you or a loved one may have PPD: Has a Baby 1-800-328-3838 When a Woman Speak Up When Youre Down Highs & Lows, Ups & Downs: PPD: Temporary & Treatable Young & Older, Urban & The Many Moods of PPD Suburban: PPD Can Having a baby is a major life change. PPD can affect any woman who: Affect Anyone Every new baby is one of a kind and so is every new mom. Some women seem to sail through Is pregnant No one is 100 percent sure why postpartum pregnancy and the first days of motherhood Has recently had a baby depression happens, but risk factors include: joyfully. Others ride a roller coaster of emotions, Has ended a pregnancy or has miscarried feeling happy and excited one minute and lonely Has stopped breast-feeding Changes in the bodys hormone levels or tearful the next. Most of the time, feelings of A difficult pregnancy sadness are mild and pass quickly, but some- PPD can appear days or even months after A birth that did not go as planned times they are serious and dont go away. The childbirth. The warning signs are different Medical problems with the mother or important thing is to understand the difference for everyone but include: baby and to get help when it is needed. Not getting enough sleep Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much Feeling alone Up to 80 percent of new mothers cry easily or Changes in appetite eating much more Loss of freedom feel stressed following the birth of a baby. These or much less Sudden changes in the home or work feelings, known as the baby blues, usually go Feeling irritable, angry, or nervous routines away in a couple of weeks. However, some Feeling exhausted Personal or family history of depression women feel a heavy sadness that doesnt go away. Not enjoying life as much as in the past Previous experience with PPD These women may have postpartum depression Lack of interest in the baby Not having enough support from family (PPD) or, more rarely, a condition known as Lack of interest in friends and family and friends postpartum psychosis. A woman with one of Lack of interest in sex High levels of stress these more serious problems may have difficulty Feeling guilty or worthless bonding with her baby. She may feel that she is Feeling hopeless Although some women are more likely to not a good mother. She may think that she Crying uncontrollably experience depression than others, PPD can doesnt love her baby enough. Feelings of being a bad mother happen with any pregnancy or birth, even if a Trouble concentrating woman has had other babies without emotional These feeling are upsetting. However, women Low energy problems. Women of every culture, age, income need to know that treatment is available. Thoughts of harming the baby or herself level, and race can have PPD. Family and friends may feel upset by these mood It is important to remember that PPD is no "Women need to understand changes; in fact, they may notice that there is a ones fault, and treatment is available. problem even before the new mom does. They that postpartum depression can help by being patient and supportive. PHONE Love and support, however, may not be enough. 1-800-328-3838 is normal. It happens When symptoms last longer than two weeks or affect a womans ability to enjoy her daily life, loved ones should encourage the new mother to WEB SITE to even the most mentally get help right away. Whether symptoms are mild njspeakup.gov or severe, with proper treatment, anyone can balanced woman." recover from PPD. Alyson, East Windsor, N.J.

6 Elizabeth, Roebling, N.J. www.njspeakup.gov 1-800-328-3838 stronger woman now." is that I am a PPD every year. Between 11,000 and 16,000 women suffer from of my getting help for PPD In New Jersey able to sleep. Her actions may be unpredictable. " Te positive aspect have hallucinations or delusions. She may not be know what is real and what is imagined. She may very severe. A woman with psychosis does not after birth. This illness is rare, and symptoms are therapy, safe medication, and support groups. usually happens within the first three months for her. This treatment includes the right Experiences postpartum psychosis, which can help a woman find the treatment that is best 1 woman in 1,000 Healthcare providers and licensed counselors Down seeing people or talking about her feelings. may feel out of control. She may want to avoid PPD may result in long-lasting effects. change from being very happy to very sad. She emotional growth. Waiting too long to treat harming the baby or herself. Her moods might child are important for the babys physical and eating and sleeping. She may have fears of Healthy feelings between a mother and her When You re remembering things. She may have trouble anxious, irritable, guilty, and have difficulty Visit www.njspeakup.gov with PPD may feel sluggish, sad, confused, residents) Experiences postpartum depression. A woman services near your home (New Jersey 1 woman in 8 Call 1-800-328-3838 to find treatment Speak Up last longer than two weeks impatient, irritable, restless, and anxious. Seek treatment if feelings of unhappiness They may cry for no apparent reason, feel Join a PPD support group Experience the baby blues after giving birth. Exercise for more energy 8 women in 10 Eat a healthy diet the baby happen before the baby is born. Ask family and friends to help care for These symptoms are like the baby blues but Tell your doctor Experiences depression during pregnancy. you trust Depres sion Talk about your feelings with people 1 woman in 10 Recognizing Pos tpartum If you think you or a loved one may have PPD: Has a Baby 1-800-328-3838 When a Woman Speak Up When Youre Down Highs & Lows, Ups & Downs: PPD: Temporary & Treatable Young & Older, Urban & The Many Moods of PPD Suburban: PPD Can Having a baby is a major life change. PPD can affect any woman who: Affect Anyone Every new baby is one of a kind and so is every new mom. Some women seem to sail through Is pregnant No one is 100 percent sure why postpartum pregnancy and the first days of motherhood Has recently had a baby depression happens, but risk factors include: joyfully. Others ride a roller coaster of emotions, Has ended a pregnancy or has miscarried feeling happy and excited one minute and lonely Has stopped breast-feeding Changes in the bodys hormone levels or tearful the next. Most of the time, feelings of A difficult pregnancy sadness are mild and pass quickly, but some- PPD can appear days or even months after A birth that did not go as planned times they are serious and dont go away. The childbirth. The warning signs are different Medical problems with the mother or important thing is to understand the difference for everyone but include: baby and to get help when it is needed. Not getting enough sleep Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much Feeling alone Up to 80 percent of new mothers cry easily or Changes in appetite eating much more Loss of freedom feel stressed following the birth of a baby. These or much less Sudden changes in the home or work feelings, known as the baby blues, usually go Feeling irritable, angry, or nervous routines away in a couple of weeks. However, some Feeling exhausted Personal or family history of depression women feel a heavy sadness that doesnt go away. Not enjoying life as much as in the past Previous experience with PPD These women may have postpartum depression Lack of interest in the baby Not having enough support from family (PPD) or, more rarely, a condition known as Lack of interest in friends and family and friends postpartum psychosis. A woman with one of Lack of interest in sex High levels of stress these more serious problems may have difficulty Feeling guilty or worthless bonding with her baby. She may feel that she is Feeling hopeless Although some women are more likely to not a good mother. She may think that she Crying uncontrollably experience depression than others, PPD can doesnt love her baby enough. Feelings of being a bad mother happen with any pregnancy or birth, even if a Trouble concentrating woman has had other babies without emotional These feeling are upsetting. However, women Low energy problems. Women of every culture, age, income need to know that treatment is available. Thoughts of harming the baby or herself level, and race can have PPD. Family and friends may feel upset by these mood It is important to remember that PPD is no "Women need to understand changes; in fact, they may notice that there is a ones fault, and treatment is available. problem even before the new mom does. They can help by being patient and supportive. that postpartum depression PHONE Love and support, however, may not be enough. 1-800-328-3838 is normal. It happens When symptoms last longer than two weeks or affect a womans ability to enjoy her daily life, loved ones should encourage the new mother to WEB SITE to even the most mentally get help right away. Whether symptoms are mild njspeakup.gov or severe, with proper treatment, anyone can recover from PPD. balanced woman." Alyson, East Windsor, N.J.

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