What is Post-Partum Depression?

Almost 60 percent of new mothers suffer from post-partum depression. This disorder can be mild or severe. The mild form is also known as "baby blues." Mild symptoms include anxietydepression, irritability, confusion, crying spells, as well as sleep and appetite disturbances. These feelings can last anywhere between 24 hours to 72 hours. More drastic symptoms come with post-partum depression, including hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, infanticide, panic, among many other feelings that can last for weeks or even months.

Recent Posts on Post-Partum

Should We Call it Postpartum Depression?

For reasons that are both straightforward and extremely complex, I just think the terminology should be different.

Lean Back, Dad

By Nanette Fondas on February 11, 2015 in WorkLife Matters
When a dad spends more time with his children, virtually everyone benefits.

James Holmes: A Psychiatric Analysis

Is James Holmes a victim of insanity or a calculating killer?

Seasonal Colors: The Psychology Behind the Shades

Cognitive scientists have learned a lot about what happens inside our minds when we see red, green, and blue.

Pre-empting Postpartum Depression

By Sharon Praissman on October 02, 2014 in Beyond the Egg Timer
Postpartum depression affects at least 10-15% of new mothers, and it may be more common among certain demographics. Plus, it is often underdiagnosed. Knowing that, how can you prevent it? Based on our review, the best advice is to: (1) find a good therapist and (2) exercise.

Coping With the Mommy Blues

As you accept your emotions and take steps to work with your mood, you will find the experience less stressful.

What a Leap of Faith Looks Like

By Jennifer Haupt on July 28, 2014 in One True Thing
Many of us dream of dropping out of our lives to find something we can’t completely name. But what would taking time off from work and family really look like? And what might you find?

Adolescence Disorder

By Stanton Peele on July 01, 2014 in Addiction in Society
Is adolescence a disease state due to brain development, and is mental illness–usually undiagnosed–rampant among teens?

What Happens When Mothers Don't Feel Motherly?

By Stanton Peele on June 17, 2014 in Addiction in Society
Mothers are supposed to feel a certain way. They don't always. Part of that spectrum is called Post-Partum Depression. Is there another end to that spectrum that isn't pathological?

Sibling Rivalry & The New Baby

Having a baby changes your life forever. But, the new baby can change the life of your first child as well. Dr. Hindie Klein tells us how to help a first born adjust to the arrival of a new brother or sister.

Journalists, Doctors, Everyone: Let's Get it Right

Women are scared. Women are confused. When the media and their own doctors are not clear, how can we expect them to find comfort in the care they are receiving or the words they are reading?

Are You a Mom or a Martyr?

By Sherry Pagoto Ph.D. on May 06, 2014 in Shrink
The pressure on moms to be everything to everyone creates a vicious cycle of overworking, guilt, resentment, and self-neglect. Not surprisingly, this makes our lives unsatisfying and instead of looking inward, we turn on each other.

Captain Tube to the Rescue

By Abby Sher on April 21, 2014 in Amen, Amen, Amen
How can I be honest with my heart?

Why Lasting Love Eludes You

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on March 16, 2014 in Love Doc
Slim of waist, dark curls framing her dimpled face, Stephanie sighed, “I almost gave up on finding real love. That’s not to say that I haven’t been in romantic relationships, I have, but love didn’t last. Then I met Glen.

Crimes of Madness

Exploring the historical relationship between criminal acts and mental illness.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

It remains frustrating that postpartum depression is still perceived as a personal weakness; that a suicidal mom may still be afraid to disclose how she is feeling; and some doctors still mistake postpartum suffering for normal postpartum adjustment.

Capitol Hill Shooting: Child Unharmed?

Was the child in the Capitol Hill shooting, truly "unharmed?"

Misfortune Comes In Threes

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on October 16, 2013 in Time Out
What can we learn from the tragic deaths of mentally ill persons in our nation’s capital?

Real Couple, Real Progress

We will be coaching a couple and sharing their progress as they work through 8 relationship-building assignments from "Lifelong Love". Other readers may work through the assignments as they are posted and share their progress on the blog.

You Must TALK BACK To Your Doctor!

You can be symptomatic and competent at the same time. Do not let your symptoms get in the way of you saying or doing what you need to say or do.

More on the Use of Anti-Depressant Drugs

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on August 01, 2013 in Fighting Fear
The use and misuse of anti-depressant drugs. Examples of dealing with patients who are adamant about wanting—or not wanting—to take drugs.

The Pressures of Privileged Motherhood—Kate as Case Study

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on July 23, 2013 in Stepmonster
The rich are different. So are the stresses they face when they give birth and raise children. Kate Middleton as case study.

'When the Bough Breaks': Excessive Weight Before Pregnancy

Many pregnant women begin their pregnancy at a disadvantage by being either overweight or obese initially. Excessive weight puts these women at "high risk" for complications during all three trimesters of their pregnancy, as well during labor and delivery, and may have long-term ramifications for themselves and their infants.

Why Betty Friedan Threw the Body Out With the Bathwater

In “The Feminine Mystique,” Betty Friedan mistakenly dismissed hormonal impact on women.

A Psychosis Caused By Our Immune System

Over the past several years, it has become clear that some psychopathology is caused by issues with the immune system, particularly when the immune system attacks our own body, called autoimmune disease.

Caron Study Reveals "Top 5 Reasons" Mothers Turn to Alcohol

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I hope that this can be a time when mothers are honest with themselves and others about support that they may need. Mothers have unique challenges that can exacerbate drinking issues in those with a predisposition.

Pregnant… And Depressed

By Ian McMahan Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Chronotherapy
With so many pregnant women faced with clinically severe depressions, we need to understand the causes and identify a non-drug treatment strategy—for the baby’s sake.

The Happiest Mommy on the Block?

It appears that the normal range of emotions for women following the birth of a child includes the symptoms of clinical depression.

A Theory of Deja Vu and Jamais Vu

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 01, 2013 in Fighting Fear
A detailed description of deja vu and jamais vus and their relationship to depersonalization and de-realization.

Sex Post-Pregnancy

Finding the desire, let alone energy, for sex following a pregnancy is one of the most impossible tasks facing new parents. Thankfully, there are things you can do to get the ball rolling.