Identifying Postpartum Depression
Many new moms experience a roller coaster of feelings during pregnancy and following birth—it's not unusual to feel happy one minute and sad or overwhelmed the next. Welcoming an infant to a family is a significant life change that can transform daily living into a highly stressful time.
Many women experience some of the symptoms listed for postpartum depression, but if symptoms persists past two weeks or become worse, mothers are strongly encouraged to speak with their doctor.
Postpartum depression symptoms include (but are not limited to): crying spells; having no energy or motivation; loss of interest in pleasurable activities; feeling worthless, hopeless or guilt; and changes in sleep and appetite.
If you experience postpartum psychosis or thoughts of harming yourself or your baby seek emergency care or dial 911.
Veterans who are eligible to receive care under the Veterans Choice Program can locate a provider here: www.va.gov/opa/apps/locator/
Please visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apps/choice to check your eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program.