Postpartum depression is more serious than the “baby blues,” from the Harvard Mental Health Letter

Published: September, 2011

Welcoming a new baby is a joyful experience for most parents. But about 10% to 15% of mothers, and 10% of fathers, develop postpartum depression after the birth of a child. More than just the "baby blues," postpartum depression can make people feel sad, hopeless, worthless, or guilty, reports the September 2011 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

Although postpartum depression is surprisingly common, those affected may be embarrassed about feeling depressed and overwhelmed at what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of their lives. As a result, many people are reluctant to seek help. For example, fewer than half of women with postpartum depression seek treatment.

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