Postpartum Depression

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Grezelda - August 6

What should I do if my sister suffers from postpardum depression. She is getting worse by the day.


rebecca - February 9

i dont know if u and your sister have a close relationship but if u do try talking to her about how she is feeling (be as supportive as possible) if u think she needs help encourage her to seek it,maybe offer to go with her for support if she refuses to get help try talking to your mother (if possible) and her partner ask them to speak to her about her depression hopefully she will realise she needs some help and that no matter what she has people who will help and support of luck hope she gets the help she needs


Pec Indman EdD, MFT - February 24

I would encourage her to speak with her OB/health pract_tioner. Additionally check on (Postpartum Support International) for professionals in her area who have an interest and may have special training in postpartum mood disorders. Educate yourself, her partner, and your sister. I have co-authored a book, Beyond the Blues, A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression. It is available at and at amazon. Treatment works- suffering is not helpful or good for her, the baby or her partner. Tell her she will get better! Best wishes.


cyndiu - July 3

get her help!!! go with her to her ob or baby doctor appt and tell tell do not think clearly when you are depressed and sleep deprive also if someone would of help so i could of gotten more than 1 hour of sleep at a time i think i would of handled things better..good luck


Young Life - July 26

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Kelly - August 6

It seems it is time to intervene and express your concern, she will need supports and a__sistance through her challenging time. Advise her to see her doctor, and seek mental health professional. best wishes to you and your sister,no one should go through it alone.



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