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Postpartum Depression Symptoms

If you or someone you know is experiencing postpartum depression symptoms, PinnacleHealth can help.

Some new moms experience a much more severe form of depression. Postpartum depression can occur within days of your baby’s birth, or it might take up to a year to develop. Depending on the severity of the symptoms and how well your body can cope with postpartum changes, you might feel varying degrees of sadness or anxiety each day.

The common postpartum depression symptoms include:

  • Sluggishness, fatigue, exhaustion
  • Sadness, depression, feelings of hopelessness
  • Appetite and sleep disturbances
  • Poor concentration, confusion, memory loss
  • Over concern for the baby or lack of interest in the baby
  • Uncontrollable crying or irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, inadequacy, worthlessness
  • Fear of harming the baby
  • Fear of harming yourself
  • Mood swings, or exaggerated highs and/or lows
If you’re experiencing the signs of postpartum depression contact  PinnacleHealth Psychological Associates at  (717) 231-8360 or crisis intervention in your county:
  • Western Cumberland and Perry Counties (717) 243-6005
  • Dauphin County Crisis (717) 232-7511
  • Eastern Cumberland and Perry Counties (717) 763-2222
  • York County Crisis (717) 851-5352

In addition you can contact Postpartum Support International (PSI) Coordinators. This organization provides support, encouragement, and information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. This organization can help you connect to your community or internet resources. Visit http://www.postpartum.net/Get-Help.aspx or call 1-800-944-4PPD (4773) for local help.

In a crisis or emergency situation, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest emergency room.

If you’re experiencing the signs of postpartum depression, talk with your healthcare provider to plan a course of treatment. How you handle your depression depends on the type and severity of your symptoms; treatment may include psychotherapy and/or medication. If you’re breastfeeding, your healthcare provider will work with you to find a treatment that is safe for both you and the baby; some antidepressant medications are safe for breastfeeding women.