Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression defined:

According to PubMed Health, Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later. Most of the time, it occurs within the first 3 months after delivery. WebMD reports that postpartum depression can affect 1 in 8 women during the first several months after childbirth.

Learn more about postpartum depression from these organizations:

Mayo Clinic
National Institutes of Health
Centers for Disease Control

What can you do if you are experiencing postpartum depression?

If you think you are in need of support because of postpartum depression, you can find local support coordinators and support groups from Postpartum Support International. Or, you may call their Postpartum Depression Hotline at 800-944-4773.

Use the locators listed below to find a behavioral health professional:

American Psychological Association (APA) Locator
HelpPro Therapist Locator

Emergency situations:

If you are experiencing a crisis please call 911 or one of the numbers listed below, or go to the emergency department at the nearest hospital.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
National Hopeline Network 800-784-2433

The above information was compiled for Box of Stars by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation (TSBHF). The resources listed are not those of TSBHF. The provided information should not replace seeking medical attention.