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How can I manage suicidal thoughts from postpartum depression?

How can I manage suicidal thoughts from postpartum depression?

Call yor doctor...: Call your doctor immediately. This is an emergency, not only for you, but for your child as well, and it is very hard to manage without help. ...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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I weigh 96 lbs doc wants me on 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) daily . Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe? I read it makes people suicidal and even fatal ? I have postpartum depression .

I weigh 96 lbs doc wants me on 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) daily . Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe? I read it makes people suicidal and even fatal ? I have postpartum depression .

All medications: have potential side effects, but the side effects of Prozac (fluoxetine) you mention are very rare. If you doctor advised you to take this medication it must be because he/she believes the benefits of treating your depression certainly outweigh the potential side effects from the medication. In general, SSRIs (the class Prozac (fluoxetine) is in) are some of the safest antidepressant medications. Good luck & feel better ...Read more

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How to help my wife with postpartum depression?

How to help my wife with postpartum depression?

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

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How does postpartum depression affect my family?

How does postpartum depression affect my family?

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 more

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How do I know if I am at risk for postpartum depression?

How do I know if I am at risk for postpartum depression?

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 more

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What should I do for my friend with postpartum depression?

What should I do for my friend with postpartum depression?

Support her: Support your friend by being present and willing to hear her feelings. Help with the infant, if appropriate. Encourage & help your friend to get professional care for her depression. Medicines (some are safe in breastfeeding) and talk therapy may help her. Help her reach out to others, like extended family who may not know what she needs. For education: http://tinyurl.Com/7onlu98. ...Read more

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Can postpartum depression cause women to feel changing emotions?

Yes: Post partum depression is often accompanied by anxiety. Anxiety over germ phobia, responsibilities of becoming a parent worrying about the child's health.Paranoid thoughts and delusions occur infrequently and require urgent care. ...Read more

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Could I be suffering from postpartum depression? How can I tell?

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 more

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Could I have the postpartum depression five months after my delivery?

Could I have the postpartum depression five months after my delivery?

Yes: Post-partum depression can occur up to a year after delivery. Please do not hesitate to talk to your ob/gyn or primary care doctor if you think that symptoms of depression are starting to affect your health and well-being. ...Read more

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What are the barriers to getting professional help for postpartum depression?

What are the barriers to getting professional help for postpartum depression?

Stigma and more: Some women have the idea that to admit they have a problem is weak, in fact, i think it's just the opposite. Reaching out takes courage. Sometimes it's the stigma of admitting you have a mental health problem that keeps people from asking for help. But how can we change this if no one admits they are suffering and this is a real syndrome! ...Read more

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What to do if I have their children taken away because of postpartum depression?

What to do if I have their children taken away because of postpartum depression?

Seek treatment: If your illness was significant enough for this to happen, you need to take the opportunity to seek out and cooperate with the treatment team. Once the illness is under control the system will favor reuniting you with your kids. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have postpartum depression after an abortion?

Is it possible for you to have postpartum depression after an abortion?

Yes: But it would more likely be referred to as post abortion depression. If you have this, please seek therapy with a psychologist and check in with your obgyn to make sure that you are physically fine. If the depression is severe, start with a psychiatrist.Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of postpartum depression in a new mom?

What are symptoms of postpartum depression in a new mom?

Depression & anxiety: The symptoms can include: insomnia and sleep disturbances, sad & depressed mood, lack of appetite, worrying & severe anxiety, irritability and anger, panic attacks, feelings of hopelessness, loss of pleasure and motivation in usual activities, difficulty functioning as usual, overwhelmed and unable to cope with life's demands, and obsessive, distressing thoughts. Sometimes suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

No: The hallmark of depression is a diminished ability to enjoy things that should be enjoyable. If that occurs, the individual needs to see their physician. The blues are typically not associated with this symptom. However, "blues" that persist for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Breast feeding: Bonding with your baby is a factor to reduce post-partem depression, along with hormonal changes during the process. ...Read more

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How long can postpartum depression last? I am breastfeeding.

How long can postpartum depression last? I am breastfeeding.

Get help fast!: Postpartum depression has huge effects on both mom and baby. Get help fast! treatments can be very safe while breastfeeding. You can start with therapy or counseling and support groups. Some need meds, and there are ones safe while breastfeeding. If you are having problems with breastfeeding, get help from a lactation consultant because nursing problems can cause more stress. ...Read more

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How do people recover from postpartum depression / psychosis?

How do people recover from postpartum depression / psychosis?

DEPENDS: It really depends on whether it is depression or psychosis. Depression requires treatment maybe with meds maybe just therapy. Psychosis is extremely dangerous and requires medications and maybe hospitalization very serious condition and needs immediate attention.. ...Read more

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What's the difference between postpartum depression and psychosis?

What's the difference between postpartum depression and psychosis?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Thoughts Of Suicide (Definition)

Any thoughts about killing or hurting oneself should be treated seriously, The first step is to see a mental health professional immediately. I f that can't be arranged right away , one should go to the ER or Urgent Care. SOme people have such thoughts but don't act on them but you need to have a professional evaluate you and the thoughts and work out a ...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