You've just given birth to a wonderful baby, and everyone is so happy and joyful.
Everyone, that is, except you.
If this is supposed to be such a happy time, why do you feel so low?
You're not alone.
Many new moms experience the "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly.
But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.
Rarely, an extreme form of postpartum depression known as postpartum psychosis develops after childbirth.
Postpartum depression isn't a character flaw or a weakness. Sometimes it's simply a complication of giving birth.
If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby.
Here are some resources that can be helpful.
This support group provides emotional care for new mothers and families experiencing postpartum distress. Consider this group if:
This group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and is free.
For more information, call:
EvergreenHealth Postpartum Care Center
Coordinators provide support, encouragement and information about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and can help you find resources in your community.