It’s natural to experience mood changes after having a baby.
Physical changes, coupled with all of the other adjustments that mom and dad must make, are bound to contribute to mood swings. But if the crying, feeling down, irritability, or other symptoms of postpartum depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder last longer than a couple of weeks, it’s time to talk to a healthcare provider. It is important to seek help immediately if you or a new parent you know is experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder or psychosis. There are effective treatments including interpersonal therapy, mother-infant psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, medication, and other therapies.