A McGill University Medical School graduate, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers concurrently serves as a consulting psychiatrist at Healthcare Alternative Systems and Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare in Chicago, working with individuals who have serious mental illnesses. As part of her role at Healthcare Alternative Systems, Carol Lynn Childers treats women with postpartum depression.
Although many people have heard of postpartum depression, it only affects between 10 and 20 percent of new moms. This serious problem is characterized by an inability to bond well with a baby, withdrawal from a partner, out-of-control anxiety, and overwhelming feelings of worthlessness. These symptoms often last longer than two to three weeks and may not even show up until two to three weeks after delivery.
Due to a similarity between symptoms, many new moms confuse postpartum depression with the baby blues. The baby blues is a short-term issue that results in sudden dips in mood. About 70 to 80 percent of all new moms experience the baby blues because of the extreme hormonal changes in the body following birth. Although the feelings associated with baby blues can feel like a major problem, the mood swings usually stop after one to two weeks, and new moms can continue raising their infant.