One in ten adults' experiences depression, but women are more prone to it than men. Often, it strikes at a time in life when they are expected to feel the most joy - after the birth of a child. That's why women who feel depressed after celebrating a new baby often suffer in silence.
"Don't be afraid," said Nurse Practitioner Julie Schneiders. "If you are coming in for your annual exam, if you are not sleeping, crying all the time; if you have had this major thing happen, talk to us about it. Hopefully you are comfortable enough with your clinician that you can get that out. But there is no stigma here. You would come to us if you were a diabetic. If your blood sugar was off, we can fix that. We can fix this."
For women suffering from postpartum depression, there are anti-depressant medications like Zoloft and Prozac. There is also the option of therapy.
If you're feeling even a little blue after childbirth, you are not alone. The best thing you can do for you and your baby is to be honest and tell your doctor what you're feeling.
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