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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
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
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
Know risk factors: 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 2 more doctor answers
Onset of PPD..: Postpartum depression can present anytime in the first year. It is most common to begin within the first 3 to 4 months. However it can begin later in the first year, particularly with changes like abruptly stopping nursing, beginning of birth control pills, etc. If you suspect you may have ppd, contact your dr. And seek help from a mental health specialist with expertise in treating it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hippocrates: Hippocrates wrote in 700 bc about post-partum emotional difficulties in women. German obstetrician friedrich benjamin osiander published the first full description of postpartum psychosis in 1797. Postpartum depression was first seen as a disorder in 1850's. By the 1950's these women were called "neurotic, " & treated w/valium or ect. No wonder they were reluctant to speak out then! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Educate him: Spouses and family members can do a lot to help by providing emotional support to the mother with ppd. However in order to do that, they need to be educated about the illness. I would suggest you get books or articles that he can read or better yet, take him to your therapist with you. Sometimes husbands are having their own difficulties coping, and may need to get treatment too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Post-partum depressi: Is a form of mild to moderate depression that occurs within 1 month after delivery & can last up to 6 months. Usual causes are past history of depression, hormonal factors, genetic factors, complications during pregnancy, or social factors . Prognosis is good with treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not the baby blues: Postpartum depression develops 1 - 6 months after the birth of your baby. Symptoms last at least 2 weeks that include feeling depressed with at least 4 of the following: poor sleep, low energy, poor concentration, changes in appetite, feelings of excessive guilt, lack of enjoyment, moving slower of faster than normal, or suicidal thoughts. If you have any of these, seek professional assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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