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7 signs of postpartum depression

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:14 a.m. CST

HINSDALE – Signs of postpartum depression among moms sometimes isn’t seen for weeks, or even months down the road. When it gets to that point, Lauren Weber, maternal-child social worker at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, said that’s when confusion starts to arise.

“Sarah [Cline] and I have both seen sorts of cases involving pretty minimal anxiety and some extremely intense cases,” Weber said.

Weber and Cline outlined some of the signs of postpartum depression for new and expectant mothers:

1. Not feeling like yourself for several weeks or more following the birth of your baby

2. Constant mood fluctuation and feelings of tension

3. Inability to make decisions

4. Struggling to take care of yourself and your baby

5. Feelings of isolation, hopelessness or disconnection from friends and family

6. Worry, anxiety and insomnia directing your every move

7. Racing and obsessive thoughts or nightmares of something bad happening

“You want to look at, overall, are these symptoms extreme, exaggerated,” Cline said. “Are you crying for hours on end without reason, or do you cry because something sort of makes you emotional, you let it go and you move on. If it goes beyond two weeks and it’s getting worse not better, then you want to call your physician.”

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