Postpartum Depression Message Board
It's important to distinguish between the normal "baby blues" and true depression. The baby blues are characterized by a short period of volatile emotions, commonly occurring between the second and fifth postpartum days and affecting between 80 and 90 percent of new mothers.
In contrast, postpartum depression (PPD) usually begins at four to eight weeks postpartum (but sometimes later in the first year) and can persist for more than a year. PPD affects from 10 to 16 percent of new mothers. If you're grappling with depression, the Postpartum Depression message board is a place to meet other women who will understand how you are feeling. If you are in need of immediate help, please contact 1-800-SUICIDE. The National Hopeline Network serves as a wonderful "springboard" for finding help in your area. By calling their toll-free number, you will be routed to live support.
If you've never participated in message board before, you'll be surprised by how easy it is to get answers to your questions from experienced moms. You don't need to be an iVillage member to read messages, but if you want to post, just click on the "join now" link at the very top right hand corner of the message board page. Membership is free and it just takes a few minutes to sign up.