Baby blues occurs in 70% of all new mothers within the third or fourth day after birth. Symptoms include crying for no reason, irritability, restlessness and anxiety.
Postpartum Depression is different and more debilitating, occurring in 1 out of 10 mothers. The onset of symptoms usually begin days after birth but can be delayed up to a year. Symptoms of postpartum depression include: sluggishness, fatigue, exhaustion, feelings of hopelessness, confusion, uncontrollable crying, lack of interest in the baby, and in severe cases fear of harming the baby. Mothers with postpartum depression need to find medical help where counseling, medication and guidance toward involvement in a support group can be obtained. Online support is also available.