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How do you know if you have postpartum depression?

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Ever since I got pregnant last year then gave birth, I feel run down, nothing is fun anymore, I'm not interested in sex, my moods are all over the place, and I just want to run away! I love my family very much, I'm a stay-at-home mom of a 4 yr old son and 5 mo old daughter, and my husband works! What's wrong with me?

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For me, the best answer to the question of how to know whether you have PPD is to take a look at how much your symptoms are affecting your ability to function as you would like on a daily basis.  If you are not able to be the person you want to be or the mom you want to be, and you have been experiencing problems with eating, sleeping, feelings of guilt, mood swings, withdrawal from things you used to enjoy, or more for more than two weeks it's a good indication that this may be more than just new mom jitters. Don't feel bad, though.  PPD is a common illness, and it is temporary and treatable with professional help.  It's not your fault if you have it, nor does it make you a bad mom.  Just call your doctor and tell him or her what you said here. And for those of you curious about the symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety, try reading this list, written in "plain mama English": http://postpartumprogress.typepad.com/weblog/2009/11/the-symptoms-of-postpartum-depression-anxiety-in-plain-mama-english-1.html
Nothing is wrong with you! It sounds more like baby blues which can happen any time up to a year or two after having the baby.  You also can just be in a "funk".  Parenting is not easy and most moms (especially stay-at-home moms) pick up most of the slack with taking care of the kids and running the household.  It is normal to feel exhausted, moody, and after an exciting 9 months of being pg, giving birth, new baby it is expected to be bored with the same old routine, anxious for something "exciting" to come along and break up the every day tasks. The important thing is you said you love your family, so think about some very fun & exciting times you had in the past when dating, getting married, finding out you were PG, giving birth, or even try to keep a journal to write them down!  It will help your mood to remember those past memories and remind you that these are exciting times too, even if you are too tired or busy to always realize it, like most moms!
do not minimize your symptoms, consult a doctor - just to rule it out.  if diagnosed and treated, you and your family will benefit vastly: you'd be happier, which will inevitably reflect on your relationship and perspective in life especially motherhood.i suffered anti-partum (during pregnancy) and post partum (after birth) both pregnancies.  yes, it is temporary but your healing will determine how well your being will be after surviving it.  in my opinion, based on your description you sound like that you could be suffering from ppd.  baby blues last no more than a couple of months, at the most, after delivery.there's support groups, therapy, medications and so forth that can help those with ppd.  no one should have to go through it alone and simply wing it.  as it is to a fructured bone to cast or not to cast and hope that the bone will fall in to place, sleep off pain, and/or settle for disfigured part.  ignore the stigma but don't ignore the symptoms. i aim to pay forward what help i received in surviving ppd and i hope one will come out of the desease better as well as i did.  i am happier as well as my relationship with hubby and kids. 
I noticed I had postpartum right after giving birth.  I was on the verge of tears everyday, and I suffered from depression even before I got pregnant.  best thing you can do is talk to your doc.  let her know how your feeling.  My doc gave me anti anxiety meds to help. Good luck and know your not alone.  A lot of women suffer from post partum.  you just need to seek help.

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