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Learn more about postpartum depression

Published On: Feb 24 2014 01:35:55 PM CST
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

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.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/basics/definition/CON-20029130/

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