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Could I have postpartum depression even if I am already taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

Could I have postpartum depression even if I am already taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

Ppd: Lexapro (escitalopram) could have been stabilizing your depression but it would not necessarily prevent the added depression following labour/delivery. ...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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Should the Lexapro (escitalopram) have prevented me from experiencing postpartum depression this time?

Should the Lexapro (escitalopram) have prevented me from experiencing postpartum depression this time?

Dose dependent: Whether the med works depends on if it is right med for you, best dose, for the severity of current symptoms. If not helping ask doc if you need different dose or change of med. ...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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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?

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?

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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Is this a serious illness or is hypochondria a symptom of post-partum depression?

Is this a serious illness or is hypochondria a symptom of post-partum depression?

"Hypochondria": Can be a symptom of any severe depression, particularly depression with anxiety. The depression and anxiety are serious illnesses! ...Read more

Dr. Linda Bernstein
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