Postpartum depression is very common, usually, it occurs in the first year. For some women the case is so serious that they need medication and for some women, the problem will gradually go away when the child begins to grow. It is believed that 1 in 8 women suffer from postpartum depression. However, many people do not pay attention to postpartum depression. Interestingly, postpartum depression can also occur in men.
Causes: It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of postpartum depression, however, it is commonly believed that hormonal changes, the new experience (you are a mother now), financial worries (you have extra mouth to feed), existing mental health issues, and loneliness.
Treatment: Generally speaking, postpartum depression will go away in few weeks, however, if it continues, you should seek professional advice. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the best treatment for postpartum depression. You are not administered any drugs but you will have to attend counseling sessions. You also need to reach support group. Healthy food and regular exercise are also very beneficial.