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Depression impacts 10% of pregnant people and 15% of postpartum people. These percentages are even higher for women who are also dealing with poverty, and can be twice as high for teen parents. Perinatal depression is the most common complication of childbearing.
Symptoms can start anytime during pregnancy or the first year postpartum. They differ for everyone, and might include the following:
With humor and vulnerability this survivor shares her experience with postpartum depression, anxiety (OCD), and birth trauma (PTSD).
Mental illness kills more mothers in the first year postpartum than anything else. This survivor and advocate shares steps to help you or someone you know survive maternal mental illness.
Learn the difference between "baby blues" and postpartum depression, risk factors, symptoms, long term effects, and resources.
Your rage is a symptom of unmet needs. Listen in as Dr. Becky and therapist Anna Mathur reframe “mom rage” and offer practical strategies for self-care.
The author describes a cruel balancing act of both loving her child and managing grief and rage over multiple unexpected health issues postpartum: pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, and hormonal imbalance. It's beautifully written and normalizes postpartum rage, a symptom of depression.
When the Bough Breaks (2017)
When The Bough Breaks is a feature length documentary about postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Narrated and Executive Produced by Brooke Shields, this shocking film uncovers this very public health issue which affects one in five new mothers after childbirth.