Postpartum depression is a very real illness in the face of someone who has just given birth to an infant, even in the best of times. In the worst of times, like right now, with the pandemic upon us, it is even more of a risk for people. Having an emotional support system is very important for new parents, and right now it is very difficult to get. Baby blues are part of it, but if it lasts longer than a couple weeks, it could be ppd.
- Associated risk factors of PPD include isolation, lack of support, and recent stressful events.
- Treatment options include medication, various therapies (e.g., CBT), and lifestyle changes.
- Making the first step is hard, but speaking to your doctor, a therapist or telehealth services will help.
“Postpartum depression will likely rise during this pandemic, so people need to understand what it is and what can be done about it.”