Put most simply, postpartum depression (PPD) refers to a depressive episode that occurs within the first year after the birth of the baby. Although most commonly seen in mothers, fathers can also experience postpartum mood changes. Fifteen percent of the time, depressive symptoms start during pregnancy. Postpartum depression is different from the “baby blues” which refers to transient mood changes lasting no more than two weeks. If mood changes persist for two weeks or more, you may have a postpartum depression that should be assessed. Other depressive symptoms seen more commonly in PPD include:
Postpartum depression may go untreated because of the difficulty leaving home to get to an appointment or because of the intense involvement required in caring for a newborn. It is however a condition that can respond very well to counselling or in other cases medication, or both. If you would like to call or email me to discuss your personal situation, I would be happy to hear from you.
Practical suggestions for eating when your mood is low.
A variety of strategies for navigating the postpartum period.
The author honours the experience of new motherhood and the need for nurturance and care for the mother at a time when all attention is on baby. Combines women’s comments, resources and practical strategies in the text.
This gentle guidebook, published by the Pacific Postpartum Support Society, offers encouragement, support and helpful advice to mothers experiencing postpartum mood changes. Recommended.
The author of the popular blog shares her experience of first-time motherhood and subsequent postpartum depression.
Three Saskatchewan women tell their personal stories of postpartum depression including postpartum psychosis. The authors also have their own website, which includes postpartum resources.
An early celebrity account of the experience of postpartum depression. Marie’s story will especially appeal to those seeking alternative treatments for PPD.
This book is jam-packed with information on perinatal depression. While informative, it may be overwhelming to read if depressed.
Updated version published June, 2006. Clear, concise information about perinatal mood changes and anxiety. Intended for laypeople and professionals.
Actress Brooke Shield’s intimate recounting of her experience through postpartum depression and back.
Written by a Toronto psychiatrist, this book provides straightforward, up to date information about post-partum depression along with practical suggestions for treatment.
Also includes chapters on childbearing loss and raising children with disabilities.
A resource list of lower-cost professional counselling options in Vancouver. Corrections and suggestions welcome.
For help in locating a family doctor in BC.
604-675-3700 – Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Vancouver Hospital, Level 1, East Entrance
24/7 phone, walk-in and outreach support for urgent, non life-threatening mental health and addictions issues.
BC-based website offering comprehensive information on a wealth of mental health conditions and addictions concerns.
24-7 crisis service for anyone that is suicidal, thinking about suicide or for concerned friends/family. BC-wide service.
Telephone support, support groups, partner support and resources for those suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety.
Self-help guide (pdf). Not intended to replace professional help.
604-873-0103 – Support groups, education, info and referral to people living with depression or bipolar disorder and their supporters. The MDA also has a counselling clinic.