When you become a mother, everything changes. The birth of your baby can trigger many complex emotions, from joy to fear to anxiety. Postpartum depression is a biochemical illness that you cannot prevent; however, you can take steps to get better.
We know that your family is your number one priority and, to take care of them, you have to take care of yourself.
A depressive disorder is a whole-body illness, involving the body, mood, and thoughts, and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, feels about herself, and thinks about things. It is not the same as being unhappy or in a "blue mood". Nor is it a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better.
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If you have thoughts of harming yourself, your baby or others, seek medical attention immediately.
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