It’s been a month since you welcomed your new baby into the world. You’re supposed to be elated. Instead, you feel sad, lonely, irritable and depressed.

Mayo Clinic family medicine specialist Dr. Summer Allen says that postpartum depression is different than the baby blues, which typically lasts about two weeks.

Help and support are key to coping. Get as much rest as you can, accept help from family and friends, connect with other new moms, carve out time for yourself and avoid alcohol.

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