Postpartum depression is diagnosed in about 60-70% of women who have recently given birth but often it is left undiagnosed and untreated. Only one in five women are treated for this disorder, and the postpartum depression can last up to a year after the baby is born.
You should get professional help right away if you are experiencing postpartum depression; for your own good and for the care of your baby. About 10-20% of these women experience a severe depression which can be devastating if left untreated. Brooke Shields is an example of a woman experiencing a severe postpartum depression and not seeking treatment right away. Women left untreated can harm themselves or impair the emotional development of their baby.
Treatment possibilities include individual or group therapy, antidepressant drug therapy, or hormone therapy.