What is Postpartum Depression?
You’ve just had a baby. You know you should be excited and happy. But instead you may find yourself crying for no reason. You may have trouble dealing with your daily tasks. You feel sad, tired, and hopeless most of the time. You may even feel ashamed or guilty. But what you're going through is not your fault, and you can feel better.
Depression After Childbirth
You may be more emotional and tired right after giving birth. These feelings are normal. They’re sometimes called the “baby blues.” These blues go away after 2 or 3 weeks. However, postpartum (meaning “after birth”) depression lasts much longer and is worse than the “baby blues.” It can make you feel sad and hopeless. You may also fear that your baby will be harmed and worry about being a bad mother.
What Causes Postpartum Depression?
The exact cause of postpartum depression isn’t known. It may be due to changes in your hormones during and after childbirth. You may also be tired from caring for your baby and learning to being a mother. All these factors may make you feel depressed. In some cases, your genes may also play a role.
Depression Can Be Treated
Your doctor will ask you about how you feel after you have your baby. If you’re feeling sad or depressed, telling your doctor is the first step toward feeling better. The good news is that there are many ways to treat postpartum depression. Your doctor can help you get the care you need.
Well Sense Health Plan partners with Beacon Health Strategies (Beacon) to help members with postpartum depression or other behavioral health issues. Beacon’s job is to make sure that you get the services that you need. Beacon helps you find the right doctor or therapist for your need. Then, Beacon works with these providers to decide what kind of care is best for you. Call Beacon Health Strategies at 1-855-834-5655.