May, 2014: Postpartum Depression Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Postpartum depression affects nearly 20 percent of families who have infants, and many more cases go unreported or undiagnosed; and,

WHEREAS, Over 2,500 women and their families are affected by postpartum depression each year in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Although primarily affecting birth mothers, postpartum depression can also afflict other members of the family, including fathers, siblings, and grandparents; and,

WHEREAS, Postpartum depression can develop immediately after a baby is born and up to 24 months after, and in some cases, it also can appear during pregnancy; and,

WHEREAS, The symptoms of postpartum depression vary from person to person but can include anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, guilt, irritability, anger, difficulty sleeping, feeling disconnected from one's baby, and frightening or intrusive thoughts; and,

WHEREAS, Women commonly have mood changes during pregnancy caused by fluctuation in hormone levels. Many mood changes are normal, and even expected, since having a baby can lead to several lifestyle transformations. Support from your family and friends can help;

WHEREAS, There is no single test to diagnose postpartum depression. Education is the best tool to fight postpartum depression, and raising awareness among new parents, educating the public, and reaching out to health practitioners can increase the rate at which afflicted mothers get help.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May, 2014 Postpartum Depression Awareness Month in Michigan.