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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with postpartum depression

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
postpartum depression (17) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
postpartum depression (9) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) postpartum depression (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (4)

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Sex drive (libido) decreased 18 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
postpartum depression (17) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Digestive problems Drug interactions 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
postpartum depression (9) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Hangover effect 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sex drive (libido) decreased 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) postpartum depression (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Nausea
Total evaluations
3
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Mania increased 2 more
Total evaluations
4
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum depression (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Seizures
Total evaluations
4
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (4)
  • 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 56
20s 626
30s 720
40s 547
50s 296
60s 131
70+ 32
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 103
20-29 years 336
30-39 years 128
40-49 years 17
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 945
Not Diagnosed 867

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