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Postpartum Depression vs Baby Blues

Is the baby moon sliding into the baby blues?

You are not alone. You are not to blame. If you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, know that it is treatable and you have taken a very important first step. There is someone in your area who can help you if you are experiencing any of the following: depressed, irritable, exhausted, unlike yourself, sadness, anger, guilt, worry, feelings of inadequacy.  *This statement was adapted from

The following is not meant to be a diagnostic tool, but rather a way for new mothers and their support persons to recognize their feelings and to be empowered to take action if they need help. 


  • Common between day 4 and 12 Postpartum

Postpartum Depression (PPD)

  • Can happen a few days to months after birth.
  • May experience feelings of restless, worthlessness, guilt, irritability, depression, excessive crying, no energy, headaches, chest pains, trouble sleeping, weight flux, trouble focusing, decision making, overly worrying about baby, lack of interest in infant, being afraid of hurting baby or self.
  • When a woman’s ability to function is affected, she needs to seek help.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Many women are wrongly diagnosed with PPD.
  • Medications for PPD will not work for PTSD.
  • May experience symptoms of PPD plus flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks, numbed emotions, sleeping difficulties, problems with concentration, irritability or anger.
  • When a woman’s ability to function is affected, she needs to seek help.

Postpartum Psychosis

  • Very serious mental illness.
  • Can happen quickly, often within 3 months of birth.
  • Woman can loose touch with reality, experience auditory hallucinations & delusions, insomnia, feeling agitated and angry, strange feelings and behaviors.
  • Women who have postpartum psychosis require someone else to seek the treatment they need right away.

If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.  Don't wait!

Hawaii Suicide Prevention hotline call 800-753-6879

For the 24-hr domestic violence hotline please call 808-877-9888

Other Resources:

For a list of Island Counselors and medical professional check here

For Maui Breastfeeding resources check here

To attend an online Mother Baby Circle check here

If you are concerned about yourself of or a loved one, read more here

If you are experiencing baby blues, please reach out to our support line.

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