Magazine article Work & Family Life

Watch out for Signs of Maternal Depression

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Watch out for Signs of Maternal Depression

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Lots of women get the "baby blues" a couple of weeks after birth. But depression is a different animal and it happens more than you might imagine.

On the mild end, it can turn what should be joyous days into a time of fear and anxiety. On the darker end, it can cause women to do extremely harmful things to themselves and their infants or young children.

To get some ideas about what men can do to help, writer Chris Kornelis talked to the cofounder of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York. She told him to watch out for following symptoms in a new mother:

She has trouble sleeping while her baby sleeps.

She feels numb or disconnected from the baby.

She has scary or negative thoughts about the baby. She worries that she will hurt the baby.

She feels guilty about not being a good Mom or ashamed that she cannot care for the baby. …

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