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What is post partum depression?

What is post partum depression?

Mood disorder : Ppd is known as the most common complication of childbirth. It is the emotional disorder following childbirth that includes a variety of moderate to severe mood and anxiety symptoms. It affects 10 to 20% of childbearing women and requires professional mental health treatment. ...Read more

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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 common is post partum depression?

How common is  post partum depression?

PPD: It's prevalence among women is 5-25%, and among men, especially new fathers, it can range from 1% to as high as in women. ...Read more

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How long would post partum depression last?

How long would post partum depression last?

DEPENDS: Postpartum depression is depression that happens after you give birth. So the symptoms are all the same as any depression and so the treatment is also the same. If severe enough it requires medication and therapy a depressive episode can last weeks to years if it becomes chronic or dysthymic. A lot if information about the impact of maternal depression on infants. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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How to know if I have post-partum depression?

How to know if I have post-partum depression?

Psychiatric eval is: The most reliable way to know. Possible sxs of post partum depression include feeling tired all the timethe woman might believe she is not a good mother which can lead to feeling guilty or inadequate. She may eat lot more or she may lose appetite ; weight (more than anticipated for shedding post baby pounds). She might want to sleep all day ; find it hard to get out of bed or she might have the >. ...Read more

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When was post partum depression first diagnosed?

When was post partum depression first diagnosed?

Postpartum depressio: In 700 bc hippocrates wrote about women suffering from emotional difficulties during their postpartum period, but it was not until the 1850s that medical professionals first recognized postpartum depression as a disorder. During the 19th century when women experienced depression, many did not divulge their symptoms and those who did were often diagnosed as “neurotic.". ...Read more

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Symptoms of post partum depression vs baby blues?

Symptoms of post partum depression vs baby blues?

See Below: Baby blues are transient, relatively mild with onset several days after delivery and lasting about 3-4 wks. Sx resolve as hormone levels stabilize and routine with the baby is established. Postpartum depression significantly impairs functioning, onset might be delayed for up to a year. Even if hormones are stabilized and routine is there, sx do not resolve, worsen and functioning deteriorates. ...Read more

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How can I help my wife with post-partum depression?

How can I help my wife with post-partum depression?

Baby groups: Socialize! make your life outgoing. Try to find the parks near you that have most babies. You have as much as possible, go out together with the baby carriage. Try to connect with other people with infants. Make "play dates" even though the children are too young to play with each other at this point. More about having somebody to commiserate with and understand your issues, and get pleasure. ...Read more

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How do "typical" depression and post partum depression differ?

How do "typical" depression and post partum depression differ?

Severity, timing: Postpartum depression usually occurs within a year of delivery and is potentially more severe and dangerous than major depression. Although there are often mild symptoms of depression after most births, PPD is more severe, a medical emergency. If you have a history of depression or bipolar it's vital to meet with your doctor throughout your pregnancy to plan a strategy to address this pre-delivery. ...Read more

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How long does post-partum depression last? Can it last indefinitely?

Depends, and yes: Each woman is different. Most post-partum depression lasts 4-6 months, and resolves once the woman's hormones settle back into their pre-pregnancy state. For some women, especially those who have a family or personal history of depression or mental illness, the mood disorder can persist. Medicine is a viable treatment option for both temporary and longer term depression. ...Read more

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I think I have post partum depression. How would this affect my career?

I think I have post partum depression. How would this affect my career?

Pp depression: As long as you have supportive co-workers and a boss who is empathetic, it should not. ...Read more

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Why are my wife's moods swinging all over the place? Post partum depression?

Why are my wife's moods swinging all over the place? Post partum depression?

It might: If you and your wife recently had a baby than depending on the time passed, it could be either baby blues or post-partum depression. Encourage your wife to get evaluated (you can get a referral from her obgyn or child's pediatrician), be supportive, share chores to decrease feelings of being overwhelmed. Eval and treatment are necessary for the well-being of your family, your wife and your baby. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of post partum depression and how long can it last?

What are the most common symptoms of post partum depression and how long can it last?

See below: Crying, feelings of guilt, overwhelmed.Postpartum depression significantly impairs functioning, onset might be delayed for up to a year. Even if hormones are stabilized and routine is there, sx do not resolve, worsen and functioning deteriorates. Untreated sx might lead to suicidal ideation/attempts and post-partum psychosis. ...Read more

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I am informed i suffered from post partum depression or maybe i still do, how to know?

I am informed i suffered from post partum depression or maybe i still do, how to know?

Blues vs depression: Btwn changes in hormones & life style that come after childbirth, it’s common for a woman to have mood swings & to feel down. This can be accompanied by feeling overwhelmed, being more tearful, difficulty sleeping & feeling anxious, jittery or irritable. This is called the postpartum blues & it happens to > 1/2 of women. It may ^ for several days after baby’s birth & then hopefully will start. ...Read more

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How soon after their baby is born do women typically start suffering post-partum depression?

How soon after their baby is born do women typically start suffering post-partum depression?

Most often: Postpartum depression begins in the first 3 months after delivery, but can occur anytime in the first year. ...Read more

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If I have been previously diagnosed with depression, should I be concerned about post partum depression?

If I have been previously diagnosed with depression, should I be concerned about post partum depression?

Yes: Women with depression before pregnancy are more likely to get postpartum depression, even if it has been years since depression. It is a good idea to let your doctor know about your previous depression. You may also want to start working with a therapist now to help cope with all the changes during pregnancy and shortly afterwards. ...Read more

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How can I get over post partum depression?

How can I get over post partum depression?

PPD Support: Reach out to a psychologist for an assessment and individualized treatment. Consult w/ psychiatrist regarding med options. Explore group therapy or meet ups. This can be in a formal setting like a postpartum support group or a less formal local mom meet up. One of the goals is to increase your support network and avoid taking on PPD alone. ...Read more

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What do I do to get over post-partum depression?

What do I do to get over post-partum depression?

Post Partum Depress: True post-partum depression (PPD) happens in 5-6% of women within the first 6 months of childbirth. In contrast, 40-80% of women experience post-partum blues with mood swings from elation to sadness, irritability, anxiety, poor concentration, insomnia, tearfulness, and crying spells -- lasting 2-3 weeks or less. For ppd, antidepressants [some safe with breastfeeding] + psychotherapy can help! ...Read more

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Is 2 years too long to have post-partum depression?

Pstpartum depression: It should last a few weeks if benign and resolves spontaneously. If longer lasting, and mom has no support from family, should seek treatment sooner as it affects capacity to nurture newborn. Can recur at next pregnancy = sign it can last longer and needs treatment sooner. Two years is too much and mother must be in denial not accepting her condition putting baby in severe danger. ...Read more

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Should I take anti-depressants if I have post-partum depression?

Depends on severity: And any past history of depression, post-partum or otherwise. It is absolutely imperitive that a woman, post partum, experiencing any degree of depression, get a medical evaluation right away to determine what type of intervention is needed to deal with that depression. That intervention may include antidepressant medication and probably counseling as well. It's too serious a problem to ignore. ...Read more

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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