It’s normal for a woman to feel extremely sensitive and emotional after having a baby. She may be joyous one moment and bereft the next. These “baby blues” are common, even expected, and occur as a result of hormones that are fluctuating and trying to rebalance after a woman gives birth.

However, when the baby blues persist for weeks or even months, they can transform into full-blown postpartum depression, a severe, long-lasting form of depression characterized by intense symptoms that may include overwhelming fatigue, excessive crying, severe anxiety and difficulty bonding with the baby, among others. A related condition is postpartum anxiety disorder.

Postpartum depression affects up to 1 in 7 women, according to the