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Published on July 09, 2014

Postpartum Depression

It is summertime and everyone around you seems to be enjoying the beautiful weather and time off with friends and family. You’ve just had a baby and everyone expects you to be ecstatic. So why are you feeling so low? Surprisingly, up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and usually lasts less than two weeks. Symptoms can include weepiness, anxiety, inability to sleep, irritability and moodiness.

If the feelings persist after two weeks, you could be suffering from postpartum depression. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you think you may be feeling this way.

If you think you may be feeling general depression symptoms, you are not alone. About 10 to 15 percent of new mothers experience clinical depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). To find out if you should seek treatment, take Bryan Medical Center’s anonymous and confidential online screening.

It's a quick and easy way to determine whether you could benefit from meeting with a mental health professional. If you would like to visit with a mental health professional, the Bryan Counseling Center has trained staff that can help. To schedule an appointment, call 402-481-5991.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves as the past co-chair. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.


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