The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression.
Many new moms experience the “baby blues” after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly.
But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.
Rarely, an extreme form of postpartum depression known as postpartum psychosis develops after childbirth.
Postpartum depression isn’t a character flaw or a weakness.
Sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth.
If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby.
Christina Wichman — a psychiatrist with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin joined the Studio A team to talk about postpartum depression, tips on combating it, and some common misconceptions.
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