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Right From The Start Program

Why Am I Feeling So Sad?

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350 Capitol Street, Room 427, Charleston, West Virginia 25301-3714
(304) 558-5388 or Toll Free in WV 1-800-642-8522
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Why am I feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed, tired? Why do I have no appetite? Why can't I sleep at night? Why do I feel like crying all the time?

You may have depression or "baby blues". This is not shameful and does not make you a bad mother. These symptoms can be caused by hormonal changes that occur while you are pregnant or after your baby is born.

You are not alone. There are many resources available to you and they are all confidential. The symptoms may not pass with time, but may actually get worse.

If your symptoms last more than 14 days after the birth of your baby, it is probably postpartum depression and you must call for help.

Treatment is successful for 80-90% of patients and the earlier treatment is initiated, the quicker the recovery may be.

You may preview the Right From The Start Brochure on post-partum depression in the PDF Format - brochure.

Call your medical provider, email a Right From The Start Care Coordinator, or the OMCFH Office (1-800-642-8522) if you have some of the symptoms listed above. There are also websites which you may find helpful such as http://www.postpartum.net or http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/pregnancyandbeyond/depression/morethanblues.htm.
 

Call your medical provider or the OMCFH Office (1-800-642-8522) if you have some of the symptoms listed above. There are also websites which you may find helpful such as http://www.postpartum.net

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