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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

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


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How can I prevent postpartum depression?

How can I prevent postpartum depression?

Limit stress.GetHelp: ~20%of women who have babies get a signif depression/anxiety illness in pregnancy or within 1 year after birth.Monitor closely.Have an expert to go to if insomnia, anxiety, mood changes, changes in yourself develop, which usu start to occur in 3rd trimester...Catch it early! find expert: www.Postpartum.Net or you may write me through healthtap with ?'s or for help to locate specialist near you. ...Read more

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Should the Lexapro (escitalopram) have prevented me from experiencing postpartum depression this time?

Should the Lexapro (escitalopram) have prevented me from experiencing postpartum depression this time?

Dose dependent: Whether the med works depends on if it is right med for you, best dose, for the severity of current symptoms. If not helping ask doc if you need different dose or change of med. ...Read more

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I sometimes get sad but is that enough to need to take estrogen to prevent postpartum depression?

I sometimes get sad but is that enough to need to take estrogen to prevent postpartum depression?

Sad or depressed?: It is unclear if you are having enough symptoms of depression to make it advisable to take measures (whether hormonal or prophylactic medication) to prevent postpartum depression. Getting sad periodically is normal, especially if there is a reason. In order to address this individually, see a mental health professional with expertise in perinatal issues. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to prevent postpartum depression from coming back?

Is there anything I can do to prevent postpartum depression from coming back?

Good self care: There are things that you can do to help lower your risk of postpartum depression, but still no guarantees that you won't get it. If you do get ppd, seek early treatment as that's the best way to get better quickly. The good news is there's a good prognosis with treatment. Lower risk with a good support network & good self care, including good sleep, healthy eating, exercise, balanced lifestyle. ...Read more

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Can postpartum depression be prevented if it occurred in previous pregnancy?

Can postpartum depression be prevented if it occurred in previous pregnancy?

Good self care: There are things that you can do to help lower your risk of postpartum depression, but still no guarantees that you won't get it. If you do get ppd, seek early treatment as that's the best way to get better quickly. The good news is there's a good prognosis with treatment. Lower risk with a good support network & good self care, including good sleep, healthy eating, exercise, balanced lifestyle. ...Read more

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I need help i started taking zoloft right after i had my child becuse post partum depression. It worked and i stoped taking it. No with drawls nothing but then I decided randomly one day to take it and then I dtoped n started so it was "as needed", not da

I need help i started taking zoloft right after i had my child becuse post partum depression. It worked and i stoped taking it. No with drawls nothing but then I decided randomly one day to take it and then I dtoped n started so it was "as needed", not da

Zoloft (sertraline): I commend you for stopping Zoloft (sertraline) when you did not need it. Feel good that you have been functioning satisfactorily without Zoloft (sertraline). If you are not moderately depressed- crying spells, very sad mood, changes in sleep, appetite, weight, energy , motivation, you do not need to take Zoloft (sertraline) randomly or “ as needed” It takes 4- 10 days for Zoloft (sertraline) to work. Once you start it, follow with the Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I currently take 50mg zoloft daily. I've been on for one year for post partum depression. I'm ready to begin weaning. what schedule do you recommend?

I currently take 50mg zoloft daily. I've been on for one year for post partum depression. I'm ready to begin weaning. what schedule do you recommend?

I really believe: you need to get this information from your prescribing medical provider. As a psychiatrist, I can make recommendations. But if I was your provider I would be pretty upset if you went to a general medical information site for treatment recommendations vice bringing it to me in person. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced postpartum depression while taking methyldopa?

Has anyone experienced postpartum depression while taking methyldopa?

Yes: It has been noted, but post-partum depression is so common it is hard to tell if it really had anything to do with the medication or was just post-partum depression. If your doctor thinks that the risks outweigh benefits you should take the medication. During pregnancy there are not a lot of alternatives for blood pressure control and certainly does not mean you will get post-partum depression. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat anxiety after giving birth or postpartum depression without taking drugs?

Is it possible to treat anxiety after giving birth or postpartum depression without taking drugs?

Several things: A good walk/run is always helpful to boost endorphins. Eat a healthy balanced diet. Consider drinking some calming caffeine free teas several times a day. Get someone to watch your child and invest in a good nap everyday. Consider trying some St John's Wart supplements but clear with your MD first. Avoid alcohol. If pretty outside try to get some sunshine everyday - taking sun safety precautions. ...Read more

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Been taking Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg for 6 days for postpartum depression and feel worse, can this be possible?

Been taking Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg for 6 days for postpartum depression and feel worse, can this be possible?

Yes: It is possible to feel worse before you get better. Tell your doctor. Medication takes time to work. Doses may need to be adjusted. If you do not tolerate one drug, another one may work. Remember, depression is treatable! ...Read more

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What will treat postpartum depression?

What will treat postpartum depression?

Medication/PsyhoT: Medication to help you manage sx, psychotherapy to help you build coping skills, identify maladaptive thoughts, help you re-establish self-care routine and help with managing stress. ...Read more

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What is postpartum depression? Is it serious?

What is postpartum depression? Is it serious?

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

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How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

Do speak with: Someone. I agree with dr scarantino. Don't wait if you are unsure whether it's post partum or not, speaking with your doctor or a therapist will help you figure out what s wrong.. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

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 more

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What can I do if I think I have postpartum depression?

What can I do if I think I have postpartum depression?

Call your physician: Contact a mental health professional with specialization/expertise in assessment and treatment of postpartum depression. You can contact postpartum support, international at www.Postpartum.Net. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

Depression: Postpartum depression (PPD) is depression that occurs any time within the first year after delivery, although it usually happens within the first 4-5 weeks postpartum. Some symptoms include irritabiity, anger, guilt, sadness, anxiety or panic (especially about one's ability to care for the child), & ambivalent feelings toward the baby. If you think you may have ppd, seek help from your ob. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: postpartum depression?

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 more

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How to get over postpartum depression?

Call your physician: Contact a mental health professional with specialization/expertise in assessment and treatment of postpartum depression. You can also pick up a copy of my book, happy endings, new beginnings: navigating postpartum disorders at your local barnes & noble or online at amazon.Com. You can contact postpartum support, international at www.Postpartum.Net. ...Read more

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Does postpartum depression involve anger?

Does postpartum depression involve anger?

It certainly can: Yes, it certainly can, but it could also indicate many other things, eg sleepiness, fatigue, burnout, relationship difficulties, or even an emerging mania or mixed mood state. Please discuss this with your doctors asap. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more


Dr. Linda Bernstein
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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more