About PPD

What is PPD? PPD is an “umbrella term” for a half-dozen things that mothers and fathers too, can experience in the first or even second year postpartum. Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum Panic, Postpartum with obsessions (scary thoughts), Postpartum PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). PPD is NOT just a feeling of not wanting to get out of bed or out of the house or being sad all the time, crying and the more usual things we think of when we think of “depression”.

Symptoms Feeling worried, sad, angry (yes, angry!), nervous, not like yourself, scared, having scary thoughts, overwhelmed, can’t sleep when baby sleeps, keep replaying parts of your birth experience? These are just a few symptoms.

Take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale*  online, and read a brief bit of research about its validity for online use.  *The Edinburgh does not diagnose.  Talk to your doctor about any score of 12 or higher.

Cathy Shares Her PPD Story (5 min)

If anything on this page sounds like you or someone you know, give us a call at 392-7985, for support, information and referrals.

The information provided is for general information only & is not meant to replace advice from your health-care provider. If you are in crisis, call 911, have someone take you ER, or call 832-3100–Neighbor Islands 1-800-753-6879. ©2004-2015 PPDsupportHI.org