People in crisis should call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, or Dane County Suicide Crisis Line: (608) 280-2600
DO I HAVE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION?
Parents with a newborn baby* at home may feel a bit worried, emotional, and tired. However, if you or your partner are experiencing increased sadness, anger, irritability, or constant worry for two weeks or more and are noticing that it's affecting your day-to-day life, it may be time to reach out for help. 1 in 7 moms and 1 in 10 dads experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (PMAD) such as postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, or postpartum OCD. PMADs are not "one size fits all," and your symptoms may not match any we've mentioned above.
Here is a great resource to learn more about The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.
Parents can contact the Postpartum Support International Helpline, where the volunteers will connect you with resources that can help.
Postpartum Support International also offers a number of free online support groups.
There's no shame. You are not to blame. There is hope for recovery.
If you are a parent who has experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death, we are so sorry for your loss. We encourage you to reach out to an organization such as Bereaved Parents of Madison. Its members are specially trained to best support you during this time.
*Are you the parent of an older child and noticing symptoms? You could also be experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder as well. Please reach out to Postpartum Support International.