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Resources on Depression & Postpartum Depression

Depression is a serious medical illness. It's more than just a feeling of being sad or "blue" for a few days. If you are one of the more than 19 million teens and adults in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include

  • Feeling sad or "empty"
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all
  • Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling very tired
  • Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.

>Taken from MedlinePlus and produced by the National Institute of Health, a United States Government Agency.  


Postpartum DepressionThe birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression.

Most new moms experience postpartum "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks.

Postpartum depression isn't a character flaw or a weakness. If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms and help you bond with your baby.

>Taken from the Mayo Clinic Website, a prominent health care provider.

Some search terms to try when searching databases for Depression:

Mental Depression

Clinical Depression

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Unipolar Depression

Bipolar Depression


Persistent depressive disorder

Note:  Using just the search term 'depression' in non-medical databases can lead to returns on an economic depression.  It is best to use more than one search term to optimize search returns.


Some search terms to try when searching databases for Postpartum Depression:

Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Baby Blues

Baby Blues Syndrome

Postpartum Anxiety

Postpartum Psychosis

Postnatal Complications,

Note It is best to use more than one search term to optimize search returns

General Background - Depression

General Background - Postpartum Depression

Scholarly Peer Reviewed Articles on Depression

Scholarly Peer Reviewed Articles on Postpartum Depression

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