In Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly talks about having the "mean reds," which are close to having the blues, but not quite, because they come out of nowhere. If you're a new mom, you might be suffering from a case of the "mean reds," or in more clinical terms, postpartum depression. (I don't like the term "baby blues" because it feels diminutive to me, but I am into the "mean reds.") In any case, there's a lot more research to be done on this condition, and the first question you need to know answers to is how soon can postpartum depression set in?
Any new mom is likely to feel overwhelmed, find it hard to concentrate, have trouble sleeping and eating. These feelings, in the moment, feel utterly intolerable, and might lead to other icky feelings, like anxiety, sadness, mood swings, and irritability. And because you're experiencing those awful feelings, you're likely to cry and feel like sh*t. PPD is when you experience all of the above, but with extra intensity and for longer periods of time, noted Mayo Clinic. As aforementioned, PPD needs more research, but in the meantime, here are some things you should know about the condition. It's vital to document when you start noticing symptoms in order to receive appropriate treatment that will help you get better.