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Can Postpartum Depression Go Away on Its Own?

Sep 01, 2023
It’s common for women to experience postpartum depression after giving birth, but can it go away on its own? We answer that question and more here.

The first few days after you’ve given birth are a whirlwind of emotions. You might find yourself crying a lot and feeling extra irritable. This is completely normal, since your body’s hormones are shifting, and you now have a new baby to take care of. However, if these feelings don’t dissipate after a few weeks, you might be struggling with postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is extremely common. In fact, studies suggest that 1 in 7 women will experience this condition after giving birth. 

If you suspect you might be struggling with postpartum depression, you might be wondering if it will go away on its own or if it always requires treatment. In this blog, our team led by Katherine Go, CRNA, at Rejuvenate IV Therapy in Spring, Texas, discusses more about this condition and when you need to seek treatment for it. 

Explaining postpartum depression

There are many factors that can put you at risk for clinical depression, such as biological changes, extreme stress, and other major life events. When you give birth, you experience all of these things. So, no wonder women are at such a high risk for this mental health crisis. 

All parents are going to feel pretty overwhelmed when they bring home a new baby, but postpartum depression is much more intense and long-lasting.

When you have postpartum depression, you might experience symptoms such as:

  • Feeling depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed
  • Insomnia
  • Social isolation
  • Having a hard time concentrating
  • Extreme fluctuations in weight

In extreme cases, you may experience thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or your baby.

Will postpartum depression go away without treatment?

Postpartum depression typically develops right after you give birth; however, it’s possible that you might not even realize you have it for a while. You might simply feel “out of sorts” for a period of time before you notice that something else is going on. 

Sometimes, women can develop postpartum depression during pregnancy or even a full year after giving birth. So, don’t discount your symptoms if you find yourself in a different time window than others.

The good news is that it’s possible for postpartum depression to go away on its own. However, it could be years before you see any relief. If your symptoms are fairly mild, you may not feel the need to seek treatment, but if your symptoms are severe, treatment might be how you get your quality of life back.

Next steps

If postpartum depression is negatively impacting your life, don’t wait for it to go away on its own. Come in and see us for ketamine infusions to significantly decrease your symptoms. 

To schedule an appointment at Rejuvenate IV Therapy for postpartum depression treatment, give us a call at 936-220-3693, or use our online booking tool today.