HOT TOPIC: IS POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION A TABOO SUBJECT?

babycryingIt’s not easy being a mom, just ask singer Jill Scott. According to many studies, many new moms experience the “baby blues” shortly in the days after childbirth.

According to Women’sHealth.gov, “If you have the baby blues, you may: have mood swings, feel sad, anxious, or overwhelmed, have crying spells, lose your appetite, and have trouble sleeping. The baby blues most often go away within a few days or a week. The symptoms are not severe and do not need treatment.”  

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However, “the symptoms of postpartum depression last longer and are more severe. Postpartum depression can begin anytime within the first year after childbirth. If you have postpartum depression, you may have any of the symptoms of depression listed above. Symptoms may also include: thoughts of hurting the baby, thoughts of hurting yourself , not having any interest in the baby.”

 Nearly 15 percent of new mothers succumb to post-partum depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

So why the silence? Is post-partum depression a taboo subject? Why do so many women suffer in silence?

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