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What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Symptoms, Severity: The "baby blues" refers to symptoms of depression that can be experienced by women after giving birth. These symptoms usually do not significantly interfere with daily functioning. Postpartum depression is a full-blown episode of depression following birth, and it can be quite severe and disabling. Postpartum psychosis refers to symptoms of hallucinations and bizarre thoughts following birth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not Certain: The reasons for postpartum depression are not certain. However, there are suggestions that the sudden hormonal changes that take place at the end of pregnancy are involved. The are questions as to why some women are affected and others are not. A previous history of depression increased the risk of postpartum depression, as does previous episodes of postpartum depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Depression is not uncommon after childbirth, although mild "baby blues" are more common. Symptoms to look for include sadness/numbness, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, changes in sleep or appetite, guilt or worry, poor concentration, low energy, feeling heavy or slow. If she is making any statements about wanting to not be alive or harm herself or the baby bring her to an er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Positive w treatment: With treatment, there is a very positive prognosis for complete recovery. See my soon to be released book about positive transformation following postpartum depression, "happy endings, new beginnings: navigating postpartum disorders" ( see amazon new releases). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Postpartum : depression is a psychological disorder which occurs in women after child birth. It is a very serious form of depression which can endanger both the mother and child if left untreated. Suicidal and homocidal thoughts can accompany the depression. Psychotherapy and medication can help overcome this disorder. ...Read more
Psychiatric Eval.: Between the changes in hormones and life style that come after childbirth, it is very common for a woman to have mood swings and to feel down. This can be accompanied by feeling overwhelmed, being more tearful, difficulty sleeping and feeling anxious, jittery or irritable. This is called the postpartum blues and it happens to more than half of women. It can increase for several days after your >. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find a therapist.: In addition to being supportive and listening to your wife, it is important to get her help from a professional. Postpartum depression can last for years if left untreated and can become quite severe. Find a therapist that is experienced or ask your or her doctor for a referral. ...Read more
Adds More Stress: Any illness puts a stress on a family balance. Having a baby puts a stress on a family as well (even if it's a positive stress). Every family deals differently with stress and any particular action by the family will be dependent on how family deals with stress during "bad" times. If you feel, you have post-partum depression, get evaluated, get treatment for your sake and sake of your child. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dangerous Ones: Postpartum depression, when severe, can be associated with sleep deprivation, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and intrusive, obsessive, and disturbing thoughts about the baby. Postpartum psychosis is a different condition that is more associated with bipolar disorder and involves hallucinations and delusions and an increased risk of infanticide. Both demand immediate support and psychiatric care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prior Depression: Several risk factors can predispose women to ppd, including: *previous history of postpartum depression *symptoms of depression or severe anxiety during pregnancy *prior history of depression *significant pms or pmdd *lack of social support network *relationship problems *major psychosocial stressors *fertility issues may increase risk *history of physical and/or sexual abuse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficulty coping: Affecting about 10% of new moms, women with postpartum depression have strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that cause them difficulty coping with their daily tasks. It can occur anytime after delivery but usually starts 1-3 weeks after delivery. It is likely from body, mind and lifestyle factors combined. These women need treatment with counseling and sometimes medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Past History: Far and away, the largest risk factor for post-partum depression is a prior personal history of a major depressive episode, major mood episode such as mania or bipolar disorder, or a prior psychotic episode. To a lesser extent, a family history of any of the above increases the risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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