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What causes postpartum depression?

What causes postpartum depression?

Not Certain: The reasons for postpartum depression are not certain. However, there are suggestions that the sudden hormonal changes that take place at the end of pregnancy are involved. The are questions as to why some women are affected and others are not. A previous history of depression increased the risk of postpartum depression, as does previous episodes of postpartum depression. ...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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What's the outcome of postpartum depression?

What's the outcome of postpartum depression?

Positive w treatment: With treatment, there is a very positive prognosis for complete recovery. See my soon to be released book about positive transformation following postpartum depression, "happy endings, new beginnings: navigating postpartum disorders" ( see amazon new releases). ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

Prior Depression: 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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How to get over postpartum depression?

Call your physician: Contact a mental health professional with specialization/expertise in assessment and treatment of postpartum depression. You can also pick up a copy of my book, happy endings, new beginnings: navigating postpartum disorders at your local barnes & noble or online at amazon.Com. You can contact postpartum support, international at www.Postpartum.Net. ...Read more

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How can I prevent postpartum depression?

Limit stress.GetHelp: ~20%of women who have babies get a signif depression/anxiety illness in pregnancy or within 1 year after birth.Monitor closely.Have an expert to go to if insomnia, anxiety, mood changes, changes in yourself develop, which usu start to occur in 3rd trimester...Catch it early! find expert: www.Postpartum.Net or you may write me through healthtap with ?'s or for help to locate specialist near you. ...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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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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What can I do to get over postpartum depression?

What can I do to get over postpartum depression?

Call your physician: Contact a mental health professional with specialization/expertise in assessment and treatment of postpartum depression. You can contact postpartum support, international at www.Postpartum.Net. ...Read more

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What are the risks of untreated postpartum depression?

What are the risks of untreated postpartum depression?

Many: Colleagues have offered excellent answers. I will add this: untreated post partum depression can interfere with your bond to your baby, affecting you both for a long time. This is an upsetting prospect, but as others have mentioned, the treatment for PPD is usually very effective. Best to address it as soon as possible, even pre-birth if there is reason to worry you are at risk. ...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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Dr. Linda Bernstein
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