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Postpartum depression: The worst kept secret

By: Andrea Chisholm, MD, Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications Having a baby is one of the happiest times in life, but it can also be one of the saddest. For most new mothers, the first several days after having a baby is an emotional roller coaster ride. Thrilling moments of happiness and joy are abruptly interrupted by a plunge into moments of depressive symptoms including weeping, anxiety, anger, and sadness. These “baby blues” usually…

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