How to Help a Friend With Postpartum Depression

Dr. Sarah AllenNews About Pregnancy Anxiety and Postpartum Depression

How to Help a Friend With Postpartum Depression

Most moms experience the baby blues right after they give birth, but postpartum depression, a more severe disorder, likely affects at least one new mom you know. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of all new mothers are affected by PPD and anxiety, and suffer from feelings of inadequacy, tearfulness, guilt and fatigue—all of which can take a toll. “Depression lies to us, and we are convinced we are failing,” says Lisa Tremayne, director of the Center for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey. “Look at all the Facebook pictures of new mom and their babies, making it all look so easy. Nothing feels that way.”

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