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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

Yes, it can: In fact, it can effect everything and is very worth seeking specialized treatment for. The well-being of your entire family (especially you) is in the balance. It's a common condition w/ elements that come from hormone changes, life demands, emotional intensity of relationships, etc. A good fit w/ an experienced therapist really helps. If meds are needed briefly they'll help select the right one. ...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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Does post partum depression come and go with pregnancies?

Does post partum depression come and go with pregnancies?

Ppd: Yes if it is short lasting without consequence and mother receives good support. If mother is known with long lasting depression, then it is not PPD but result of ongoing depression which can be more severe than just ppd. ...Read more

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Could bpd get worse with postpartum depression?

Could bpd get worse with postpartum depression?

Bipolar Disorder?: Bipolar disorder can worsen with pregnancy or postpartum. Borderline personality disorder symptoms may also intensify in this situation. ...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 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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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 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 is postpartum depression self-diagnosed?

How is postpartum depression self-diagnosed?

It should not be: Post-partum depression is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition that needs to be ruled out by a qualified professional and is a medical emergency, as in get to the emergency room, by ambulance if necessary, if the woman has thoughts of killing herself or others, or seems to have lost touch with reality. ...Read more

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Does everybody with psychotic depression go to psych hospitals?

Does everybody with psychotic depression go to psych hospitals?

No: Usually people are admitted to a hospital if they are a danger to themselves or others and are they are unsafe outside a hospital environment. Otherwise psychotic depression can be treated with medication or (ideally) medication + psychotherapy. If the person is very disorganized, they may benefit from the structure of a residential treatment program or "halfway" program. ...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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Have anxiety, depression; baby born premature. Will my BP return to normal soon? Baby 1week & still @ hospital.

Have anxiety, depression; baby born premature. Will my BP return to normal soon? Baby 1week & still @ hospital.

U need to see PCP/OB: You raise several issues which are common & need further exploration. You should arrange to see your OB or pcp & discuss this in detail. You are not alone in this process but many in the same situation feel reluctant to ask for help. Make the call. Your baby will need you up to full strength when s/he is ready to come home. ...Read more

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Post partum depression or just feelings of overwhelmed parent?

Either: Being a parent can be overwhelming especially of a newborn . Talk to your doctor and trusted family and friends to make sure you are not having postpartum depression . It is important to be treated for this condition ...Read more

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Can manic depression with psychopathic tendencies just go away?

Can manic depression with psychopathic tendencies just go away?

Bipolar Disorder: (AKA Manic Depression) is usually a life-long condition. However, there may be periods of normalcy and with treatment symptoms may come under good control. Regarding psychopathic traits - leopards don't usually change their spots (unless they are highly motivated to do so). ...Read more

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How is postpartum psychosis or depression treated?

How is postpartum psychosis or depression treated?

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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Postpartum depression won't go away? When should I ask for treatment?

NOW: Postpartum depression is a real illness that has consequences for both you and the family. You do not have to do this alone. Get the help you need. ...Read more

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HELP! My 64' 96lb sister was just hospitalized. She has anorexia, depression, anxiety, OCD, self harms, and suicidal ideation. When will she get out?

HELP! My 64' 96lb sister was just hospitalized. She has anorexia, depression, anxiety, OCD, self harms, and suicidal ideation. When will she get out?

Good Question : Hospitalization is needed when there are safety concerns. Your sister's doctor and treatment team at the hospital will evaluate her on a continuous basis and then decide when she will be safe for discharge. Lengths of stay vary and are on an individual basis. Once she is safe for discharge, she will need close monitoring in the outpatient setting. Your sister needs your love and support. ...Read more

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How can I cope with my daughter's postpartum depression?

How can I cope with my daughter's postpartum depression?

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 you can read to understand ways to help. Sometimes families are having their own difficulties coping, and may need to get support or treatment too. ...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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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