Postpartum depression, or PPD, is not just a mother's issue. Everyone in the family is affected, especially the children of a mom dealing with PPD. Thankfully, more families are learning to spot early signs of PPD, and the stigma which has kept so many depressed new mothers from seeking treatment is finally being lifted. With early intervention, families are less likely to suffer the long-term effects of postpartum depression.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in nine women experience depression before, during, or after pregnancy. The Illinois Department of Public Health, believes that the number could be greater, estimating that up to 20 percent of new moms will experience postpartum depression. Because it is a prevalent issue, some health care providers are beginning to conduct prenatal and postpartum depression screenings. Screening tools such as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS), and the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) can be used to help diagnose a new mom suffering from PPD, and assist with intervention.
If you think that you may have a pregnancy related mood disorder, it's important to seek treatment so that you can avoid the following long-term effects of postpartum depression.