What's the Definition of Postpartum Depression?

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New moms who experience a severe, and long-lasting form of depression can be considered suffering from postpartum depression. Symptoms of depression after childbirth can vary from mild to severe. Here are some signs:
  • Excessive crying
  • Severe mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Intense irritability
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Causes include:
  • Physical changes. After childbirth, a sharp drop in hormones like estrogen and progesterone in the body may contribute to postpartum depression.
  • Emotional issues. When you're sleep-deprived and overwhelmed, you may have difficulty handling even small problems. You start to have serious doubts about yourself. This may contribute to the condition.
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