At least 80% of all new mothers suffer from postpartum blues. The
symptoms of the blues include feelings of sadness and a lack of energy.
According to Loyola University Health Systems, at least 80% of all new mothers suffer from postpartum blues. The symptoms of the blues include feelings of sadness and a lack of energy. The postpartum blues often fade within the first few weeks and require no medical intervention. Other mother's, 15 to 20% to be exact, suffer from deeper feelings of sadness which is referred to as postpartum depression.
The feelings of sadness in postpartum depression deepen to the point of clinical depression. Other symptoms can include a loss of energy and feelings of extreme anger. Some mothers even report feeling angry toward their new baby and / or other children. Postpartum depression can be treated if the mother seeks medical help from their obstetrician or a mental health professional.
After a mother gives birth, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is used to assess whether the new mother could be at risk for postpartum depression, in some hospitals. The test is administered by a nurse and if the mother is found to be a depression risk, the nurse them coordinates care with the obstetrician and psychiatric doctor.
Medicinal and therapeutic care for postpartum depression could last a year or more after the baby is born.
Source: Loyola University Health System - September 2009