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 for postpartum depression

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
466
Tried for
postpartum depression (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
156
Tried for
postpartum depression (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
214
Tried for
postpartum depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
568
Tried for
postpartum depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
176
Tried for
postpartum depression (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
321
Tried for
postpartum depression (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
postpartum depression (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
227
Tried for
postpartum depression (1)

Data from patients with postpartum depression, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fatigue 13 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
postpartum depression (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (4 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite fatigue 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
postpartum depression (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (2 evaluations)
Side effects
digestive problems narcolepsy
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
postpartum depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
postpartum depression (4)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
postpartum depression (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
postpartum depression (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
postpartum depression (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with postpartum depression, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has postpartum depression on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 3 new patients joined this month
  • 1009 say postpartum depression is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 405
30s 800
40s 611
50s 415
60s 200
70+ 62
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 102
20-29 years 348
30-39 years 133
40-49 years 19
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 68
Female 2435

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 970
Not Diagnosed 868

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