Common postpartum depression symptoms



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It’s normal to feel weepy, exhausted and overwhelmed for several days after giving birth, but here are some symptoms to watch out for that could indicate postpartum depression.

Emotional symptoms:

  • Extreme sadness, depression, anxiety or guilt
  • Frequent, uncontrollable crying spells
  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Bizarre, frightening or suicidal thoughts
  • Resenting the baby and other family members
  • Severe changes in sleep or appetite
  • Feeling extremely restless, out of control, or lethargic
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and social situations
  • Obsessive concern for baby, or none at all
  • Inability to cope


Physical symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Feeling flushed
  • Gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Panic attacks: numbness, tingling in limbs, chest pain, hyperventilation, and heart palpitations

Worried you might have PPD?

Take the 10-question Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale quiz here – http://www.psymed.info/default.aspx?m=Test&id=71&l=3

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