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what causes postpartum psychosis?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Hormones, genes.: 2% of the population have psychosis at one time of their lives, and postpartum periods are particularly likely to exacerbate underlying psychopathology because of the profound hormonal fluxes that occur. Prompt medical attention is essential to avoid dire outcomes!
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Mood disorder: About 1/1000 women experience postpartum psychosis (ppp), usually within the first few days of delivery. It appears to be the severest version of postpartum depression (1/8 women). Women with a prior history of depression are at greater risk for both than those without, and those with a history of bipolar disorder appear at special risk for ppp. You should discuss with your ob.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: A lot of women don't feel so much sad as angry or scared during postpartum depression. If you are having anger that is getting in the way of your daily living or affecting your relationships, you should talk to your doctor right away. Don't be scared to ask. Postpartum depression is common and there is help.
A 45-year-old member asked:

If I am breastfeeding, can I take medication for postpartum depression?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: All medications have some risks but there are several antidepressants that are safe during breastfeeding. There can be some feeding difficulties and the mediations do generally go into the breast milk. Wellbutrin, (bupropion) prozac, zoloft and Celexa are the names of some the medications that can be used.
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If I am still not over the baby blues after two months, does that mean I have postpartum depression?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: Not neccesarily, but not something you should ignore either. Post-partum depression does take into account how long symptoms are present, but also how severe and life-altering these symptoms are. There are lots of screening tests you can use online, and if these are positive, you need to talk to your own doctor or pediatrician for futher evaluation and help. This is very treatable - ask for help!
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How can I prevent postpartum depression?

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Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hallanswered
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Have good support: The best way to prevent postpartum depression is to have an adequate support system in place to help you after the birth of your baby. Don't be afraid to ask for and accept help of any kind: from friends, relatives, and professionals if you need it. Try to avoid getting overly tired and doing everything yourself. If you've had depression before, watch for symptoms after giving birth.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What percent of women suffer form postpartum depression?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
11-42%: This is very common, with as many as 42% of moms experiencing ppd. The risk is higher if there is a personal or family history of ppd, depression, or anxiety.

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