Postpartum Depression


For some women, the challenges of childbirth don't always end after their baby is born. Sometimes “baby blues” or postpartum depression can set in. What is supposed to be a joyous time can be marred by mood swings, looming sadness, withdrawal and other upsetting symptoms.

Postpartum depression is no reflection of your abilities as a mother, nor should you feel ashamed or embarrassed. In most cases, it is caused by the many hormonal changes following pregnancy. Feeling overwhelmed and stressed also can trigger these emotions.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

It’s common for new moms to feel fatigued and moody after delivery. However, if the blues intensify and last more than two weeks, postpartum depression becomes a concern. Warning symptoms include:

  • Depressed mood or severe mood swings
  • Excessive crying
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and activities you enjoy
  • Eating much less or more than usual
  • Inability to sleep (insomnia) or excessive sleeping
  • Chronic fatigue or loss of energy
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating or making decisions
  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Fear that you're not a good mother

If you or your loved one is struggling with postpartum depression, you don’t have to handle it alone. Mercy is here to help you understand your symptoms and offer support and treatment.

Rediscovering the Joy in Your Life

You may feel like you’ll never be happy again, but brighter days are ahead. From counseling and support groups, to medication and nutrition, we’ve helped many moms manage their symptoms and feel good again, and we’ll do the same for you. We'll work together to help you get back to your “old” self and fully enjoy your growing family.

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