The first step toward overcoming postpartum depression is recognizing you have it and asking for help. If you think you may have the baby blues, postpartum depression or post partum psychosis, call your primary physician or OB/GYN for an appointment and or referral. Tell them you think you may be suffering from postpartum depression and would like to discuss your symptoms with a professional. 

If you are not taken seriously, call (914) 995-5236 for a referral
If they do not make an appointment to see you or take your concerns seriously you should not hesitate to call another provider. If you need assistance with a referral, call the county's Depression Support Network at (914) 995-5236 and tell the receptionist that you are looking for a referral for postpartum depression.

Between 80-90 percent of people with depression can be helped. Symptoms can usually be relieved quickly with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Medications relieve the symptoms of depression while talking to a therapist can help people change behavior and cope with problems. Once individuals seek out treatment, the success rate is extremely high.

Why don’t more people get help?
Many women are too embarrassed and ashamed to admit that they feel depressed after giving birth.  They think they should be happy and feel good following the birth. Some women are concerned about taking medication if they are breastfeeding. No one has spoken to them about the "normal course" of events such as fatigue, mood swings and physical discomforts caused by the birth process. Remember, in the first 24 hours after childbirth the amount of estrogen and progesterone rapidly drops back to normal non-pregnant levels. Researchers think the fast change in hormone levels may be a leading cause in postpartum depression.

Don't hesitate to talk to someone about your symptoms
The quicker you get help, the better you will feel. Soon you will be able to take pleasure in your own life and in mothering your newborn.