Depression Among Women

Health and Wellness Postpartum

Postpartum Depression - More than Baby Blues

“Baby blues,” a term used to describe the worry, sadness, and tiredness many women experience after having a baby, typically resolve on their own within a few days or weeks. With depression, feelings of sadness, anx­iousness, and emptiness don’t go away quickly. Postpartum depression is depression that occurs after having a baby. Feelings of postpartum depression are more intense and last longer than those of “baby blues.” Depression can have consequences for mothers and their young children and families. However, it is treatable.

While diagnosing and treating depression are outside of WIC's scope, WIC’s nutrition assessment process and referral services lend themselves well to identifying and linking women with or at risk of depression to appropriate services.

To help your participants with or at risk of depression, you can learn more about depression among women, including the symptoms of and risk factors for both, and WIC's role in maternal depression.

Resources for individuals in need of assistance (emergent or otherwise) can be found via the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (SAMHSA provides language assistance services in more than 15 languages) or MentalHealth.gov, resources. 

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Developed by: HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention