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Focus on Health: Blue mommies: coping with bouts of depression

One of the most common affliction affecting women is depression during and after pregnancy. This article will lend some insight into this condition.

Q: What is depression?

A: Depression is more than just feeling “blue” or “down in the dumps” for a few days. It’s a serious illness that involves the brain. With depression, sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings don’t go away and interfere with day−to−day life and routines. These feelings can be mild to severe. The good news is that most people with depression get better with treatment.

Q: How common is depression during and after pregnancy?

A: Depression is a common problem during and after pregnancy. About 13 percent of pregnant women and new mothers have depression.

Q: How do I know if I have depression?

A: When you are pregnant or after you have a baby, you may be depressed and not know it. Some normal changes during and after pregnancy can cause symptoms similar to those of depression.

But if you have any of the following symptoms of depression for more than two weeks, call your doctor:

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