You are not broken. You are not alone. If you have experienced either of these or both, you are incredible, strong, brave and human.
Postpartum Depression (PPD): a longer lasting
more intense feeling of depression that begins to
interfere and affect your ability to take care of yourself and your baby. Although PPD may start or show similar signs as "baby blues", the symptoms of PPD are reported to be stronger and may impact one's ability to function in a productive, healthy and safe way. If left untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.
Postpartum Anxiety (PPA): severe anxiety or worry following the birth or adoption of a child. Noted by an "all-consuming" type of worry, day and night.
Baby Blues or PPD?:
Baby Blues typically lasts a couple of days to a
week or two after your baby is born.
PPD may start weeks or months after your baby is born.
What It's Like to Be A Dad With PPD (whattoexpect.com)
Postpartum Depression (mayoclinic.org)
Postpartum Depression (Cleveland Clinic)
Postpartum Depression (PPD) &
Postpartum Anxiety (PPA)
(this is not an all-inclusive list)
Symptoms of Baby Blues & PPD
4% - 25 %
of first time dads
suffer from PPD.