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Postpartum depression is defined as the emotional and physical reactions occurring any time within the first year after the birth of a baby and is characterized by feelings of sadness, despair, hopelessness and discouragement.
It is an incredibly difficult time for a mother and her family. The good news is this condition is treatable and temporary.
Postpartum Support Charleston is all about supporting women with PPD and helping them find healing and happiness. We work to educate the medical community and the public in general about this illness, its symptoms and the treatment.
Women should not have to suffer in silence. They should not be ashamed orfeel they are bad mothers. More than 15 percent of all women experience some kind of mood disorder after giving birth. That means hundreds of thousands of women are going through the same struggles.
Symptoms of PPD may include:
Feelings of anger or irritability
Lack of interest in the baby, or, the opposite, obsession over the baby; not wanting anyone else to take care of him/her.
Appetite and sleep disturbance
Crying and sadness
Feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness
Loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
Possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself
If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing depression/anxiety during pregnancy or the birth of a child, help is available. Please visit the sites listed below for emotional support, educational information and healthcare and support group referrals.