Postpartum Depression

Depression is a common and serious illness. According to the CDC it is reported that about 1 in 10 women in the United States reported symptoms that suggest they experienced an episode of major depression in the last year. About 1 in 8 women with a recent live birth experience symptoms of post-partum depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression doesn’t feel the same for everyone. How often symptoms occur, how long they last, and how intense they may feel can be different for each person.

Some symptoms of depression can include:

Lasting sad and anxious.

Feelings of hopelessness.

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.

Feelings of irritability or restlessness.

Loss of interest in hobbies and activities.

Loss of energy.

Difficulty concentrating, recalling details, or making decisions.

Injury or infection in an arm or leg

Overeating or loss of appetite.

Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.

Symptoms of Post-partum Depression

How often postpartum depression symptoms occur, how long they last, and how intense they feel can be different for each person. The symptoms of postpartum depression like symptoms for depression, but may also include:

Withdrawing from loved ones

Feelings of anger

Crying more often than usual

Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby

Worrying that you will hurt the baby

Feeling guilty about not being a good mom or doubting your ability to care for the baby.

Risk Factors for Depression or Post-Partum Depression

Experiences that may put some women at a higher risk for depression can include

Pregnancy and birth complications

Pre-term labor and deliver

Being a mom to multiples

Difficulty getting pregnant

Family history of depression

Previous history of depression

Low social support

Stressful life event

Post-partum depression can also occur among women with a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Ketamine infusion therapy can be beneficial and produce long-lasting symptom relief from depression and anxiety related to post-partum depression. As with other mental health conditions treated with ketamine, many patients experience a rapid response and may feel a change in mood after one or two treatments.