Infographic: How to overcome the stigma of postpartum depression
Last month, actress Hayden Panettiere talked about her struggles with postpartum depression on national television. The 26-year-old appeared on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” and admitted that the birth of her daughter, now a year old, has wreaked emotional havoc on her life.
“It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful, and it’s really scary, and women need a lot of support,” Panettiere said.
This week, news broke that Panettiere had checked into a treatment center for professional help.
Communicators can use this infographic to educate people about the emotional fragilities that can occur after a woman gives birth. “Baby blues” are a milder form of PPD and can last up to two weeks. Women who have prolonged symptoms should seek professional help.
Signs of postpartum depression include:
Loss of appetite
Intense irritability and anger
Feelings of shame or inadequacy
It’s interesting to note that PPD affects as many as 10 percent of fathers in the first year, too.
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