Postpartum depression

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What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, is a form of clinical depression which can affect women, and less frequently men, after childbirth.

Common symptoms reported by people with postpartum depression

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with postpartum depression

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
postpartum depression (20) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
postpartum depression (8) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (4) postpartum depression (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
6
Tried for
postpartum depression (5) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with postpartum depression, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with postpartum depression

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (8 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fatigue 14 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
postpartum depression (20) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (5 evaluations)
Side effects
digestive problems drug interactions 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
postpartum depression (8) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (4 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
hangover effect sleepiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4) postpartum depression (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (3 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue lightheadedness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (2 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
postpartum depression (5) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with postpartum depression, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has postpartum depression on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 29
20s 602
30s 740
40s 566
50s 320
60s 142
70+ 36
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 102
20-29 years 341
30-39 years 134
40-49 years 20
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

97% Female
3% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 954
Not Diagnosed 870

These charts show data from postpartum depression patients who have completed their condition history
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