Andrea D. Skrocki Psychiatric NP

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5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Postpartum Depression

Aug 07, 2023
Postpartum depression (PPD) affects nearly 15% of mothers today, but many women don’t get the help they need. Education about PPD can help struggling mothers reclaim their lives, so here’s what you should know.

Postpartum depression (PPD) can cause debilitating mental health symptoms. Increased awareness of PPD can lead to optimal treatment. Experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner Andrea D. Skrocki, NP, provides both education and compassionate mental health support to adult patients throughout Colorado via virtual telehealth visits. 

Today’s blog covers 5 things every woman should know about postpartum depression.

1. PPD isn’t “baby blues”

“Baby blues” is a common term that many women hear when they’re struggling with their emotions shortly after giving birth. It’s not unusual to feel a bit sad, melancholy, or empty after birth, no matter how much you love your baby. Up to 80% of women have baby blues, but those feelings usually fade within two weeks

Postpartum depression affects almost 15% of moms today. PPD may start the same way as the baby blues, but it’s very different. With PPD, the symptoms persist and often worsen over time. 

PPD is a mental health disorder that affects your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It significantly interferes with your daily life in a way that baby blues does not. PPD may make you feel disconnected, tired, angry, hopeless, or frightened of harming yourself or your baby.

2. PPD can start earlier than you think

One major misconception about PPD is that it always starts after giving birth. While that’s the case for many women, it’s not unusual to experience symptoms while you’re still pregnant. In fact, PPD is sometimes referred to as peripartum depression to recognize this fact. 

3. PPD isn’t your fault

Many women feel guilty and angry at themselves when they learn they have PPD but, you should never feel that way over something you did not cause. PPD isn’t your fault, and it doesn’t mean that you’re weak or a bad person. You’re still the same unique and special person you’ve always been, but you’re dealing with a treatable mental health disorder.  

PPD is a complex disorder that likely has biological, environmental, and social causes that experts are still working to unravel and truly understand. Fortunately, understanding of PPD is increasing every day.

4. PPD can last years without treatment

PPD symptoms can fluctuate over time, but, for most women, they don’t go away spontaneously. In fact, a long-term study reported by the National Institutes of Health  showed that about 5% of women experienced severe PPD symptoms even three years after giving birth.

Treatment can disrupt the trajectory of your PPD and save you months, years, or a lifetime of frustrating symptoms. 

5. PPD treatment options are better than ever today

PPD treatment options are constantly evolving and improving, so there is no reason to suffer any longer. As an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, Andrea specializes in medication management tailored to your needs. 

Medications, such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, are typically very successful in treating PPD. Andrea considers every aspect of your health and lifestyle (including breastfeeding) to find the ideal medication for you.

Medication management can help you return to feeling like yourself, allow you to connect with your baby, and greatly improve your quality of life. 

Andrea usually recommends psychotherapy alongside medication management to give you a full understanding of your PPD and how you can overcome your symptoms.  

If you’re struggling after having a baby, you’re not alone, and you don’t have to suffer in silence. With Andrea’s extensive PPD expertise, she provides the personalized support you need to understand and overcome PPD. Call Andrea’s office or book your appointment through online scheduling now.


Andrea offers mostly telepsych visits but does have an office in Glendale, CO.