Some degree of emotional vulnerability is natural and expected after childbirth. Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and generally lasts no longer than two weeks. If you have the blues, you may be weepy, anxious, and unable to sleep. You may also be irritable or moody.
Moms often feel better after getting some rest and a helping hand with the baby. But if your symptoms continue for several days, even after a little help and rest, you may have post-partum depression.
This link takes you to a short quiz on Baby Center that is based upon the Edinburgh Post-Natal Depression Scale, a test developed in 1987 to help practitioners determine whether a woman is suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) or anxiety. If you find you need help, below are some numbers of practitioners that may be able to help.
Elizabeth O’Brien, MA, LPC
2801 Buford Highway Ste. 540 Atlanta, GA 30329
Licia Freeman, M.A., M.Ed.
3520 Piedmont Road, Suite 330 Atlanta, GA 30305
Gina Campbell, LCSW, MDiv
315 West Ponce de Leon Ave, Suite 565 Decatur, GA 30030
4200 Northside Parkway, Building 6 Atlanta GA 30327
Dr. Bethany B. Davis, M.D.
6065 Roswell Road NE, Suite 820 Atlanta, GA 30328
Jacqueline V. Cohen, LPC, CHT
4985-B Lower Roswell Rd., Suite 200 Marietta, GA 30068
Dr. Amy Hostetter, M.D.
11755 Pointe Place, Suite A-1 Roswell, Georgia 30076
Emory Women’s Mental Health Program
Emory University School of Medicine • 12 Executive Park Way, NE, 3rd floor • Atlanta, GA 30329