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How common is getting depression during and after pregnancy?

How common is getting depression during and after pregnancy?

Very common: Pregnancy and the post-partum time are very challenging. There is the loss of one's body to deal with along with a host of new challenges and responsibilities. There is a hormonal component to this as well and coupled with sleep loss and a very needful newborn, it is not surprising that depression can happen even with the best of circumstances and support systems. ...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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Will my depression get better or get worse during a pregnancy?

Will my depression get better or get worse during a pregnancy?

Can't risk worsening: It was said, falsely, that pregnancy protects mood. In fact, stress between pending parents, psychological tensions of moving from adult child to parent, fear of the unknown, &possibly hormonal changes all can feed depression in pregnancy. The depression can hurt prenatal care, it can offer physiological harm to mother and fetus, &it's the number1risk for post-partum depression (a true emergency).So treat. ...Read more

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How common is depression during pregnancy?

How common is depression during pregnancy?

Not very: More common is what is called post part baby's blues that usually resolves without medication, or only for a short time. Depression during pregnancy usually is only present if present prior to pregnancy and often improves. Of course the situation of an unplanneor undesired pregnancy could lead to depression if not dealt with. ...Read more

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I can't get out of bed, i cry and feel very depressed. Can i get disability from work due to severe depression during pregnancy?

I can't get out of bed, i cry and feel very depressed. Can i get disability from work due to severe depression during pregnancy?

Depends on your : Insurance policy that you have for disability at work as well as your clinical condition and the willingness of your psychiatrist to give you time off work. Insurance companies are getting much stricter about this and it is imperative that your psychiatrist use rating scales in the chart to document disability. Many insurance companies no longer trust the word of a psychiatrist or a patient. It is a sad state of affairs.If there is no "objective testing done, then a retroactive review could deny you payments. Please inform your psychiatrist of this.At the very least there needs to be a mini mental status exam in the chart as well as a depression rating scale at every visit. ...Read more

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Why do some women get depressed during pregnancy?

Why do some women get depressed during pregnancy?

Risk Factors: There are hormonal changes that can cause some women to experience mood fluctuations. Also, women with a previous history of depression are at greater risk. In addition, if a woman is experiencing a general lack of support or severe environmental stress, there would be a greater risk of depression. ...Read more

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Are certain women more at risk for depression during and after pregnancy?

Are certain women more at risk for depression during and after pregnancy?

Yes, but ...: If you have had postpartum depression with a previous pregnancy - or at any other time - you may get it again. But there are no known effective preventive measures, despite what some say. Talk to your obg doctor if at any time during or after your pregnancy you feel extremely anxious, irritable, depressed, cry for no reason, or have unreasonable fears for your baby. ...Read more

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Are some women more at risk for depression during than after pregnancy?

Are some women more at risk for depression during than after pregnancy?

Not As Common: It is certainly possible for women to struggle with depression during pregnancy, and those who would be most likely to have depression would be women who have a history of depression or who are experiencing severe stress or lack of support in their environment. However, in general the pospartum period is a time of greater risk for depression compared to during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy?

What should you do if you have symptoms of depression during or after pregnancy?

Seek help: If you are feeling 'the blues' or depression, there are treatments for this and not all are medicinal. 'solo time', that is time for you to do what makes you you is very important and can, by itself, often help the problem immensely. Certainly family support systems, counselors and medical intervention are also available and important resources. Do not just try to 'tough it out'. ...Read more

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What medicines can I take for depression during pregnancy?

What medicines can I take for depression during pregnancy?

Depends: Most antidepressant medications are rated as category c which means they should be stopped if possible bit i'd it would be harmful to the mom to continue them. It is a hard decision that needs to be made with much thought and discussion with tour doctor. A bout of major depression during pregnancyight be considered harmful. You and your dr need to consider risks & benefits. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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