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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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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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Who is affected by postpartum depression? New or older moms?

Who is affected by postpartum depression? New or older moms?

Both: Age may not be as significant as the other risk factors like history of depression, lack of social supports etc. ...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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Dr. Linda Bernstein
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