Information for Family & Friends

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Postpartum and perinatal depressions (PPD) are clinical conditions that affect 20 percent of all childbearing women. (Click here to read about the differences between PPD and the less dangerous “baby blues.”) It is a medical condition that can be treated successfully.

PPD can strike women with risk factors, such as a personal or family history of depression or someone who has just suffered a recent stressful event, such as marital/partner discord, loss of a loved one, family illness and premature birth. But it is not limited to women with any known risk factors, and it does not necessarily strike those who do have them. The important things to remember are that:

Here’s how you can help:

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PPD is not fair and is not what you expected. Recovery could take weeks or months, and the more supportive you are, the smoother her recovery will be. But the bottom line is with proper treatment and the love and support of those around her, that new mom will get better and back to her old self again.

 

For more information call:
TEL-LINK: 1-800-TEL-LINK or 1-800-835-5465
Email: info@dhss.mo.gov