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Postpartum Depression

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One of the most important steps in addressing postpartum depression is recognizing it. While having “the baby blues”—mood swings and mild depression within the first couple weeks after delivery—is not uncommon, persistent, longer-term depression is a sign for something more serious. Since postpartum depression can interfere with a new mother’s ability to bond with her child, and can impact the development and even the safety of the child, it is important to seek treatment quickly. Experienced, understanding doctors and psychiatrists at Florida Hospital can successfully treat postpartum depression through a combination of psychiatric treatment and medication. If you or a loved one are exhibiting symptoms of postpartum depression, seek help at Florida Hospital – contact us today. 

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Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression that develops in a mother within the first year after childbirth, usually occurring within the first three months and peaking within the first six months. This condition interferes with the mother’s ability function and bond with the baby, as well as the child’s safety and development. Researchers believe that postpartum depression may be caused by hormonal changes and other social and environmental factors.

Most women who have given birth experience mood swings and mild depression, usually within the first 10 days after delivery. The symptoms tend to recede without treatment. However, some women, especially women with prior histories of depression, develop a longer-lasting depression that causes requires psychological or psychiatric counseling and/or antidepressant medication. 

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