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What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

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)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more


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What are the causes of depression? What about postpartum depression?

What are the causes of depression? What about postpartum depression?

Quite Complex!: Mood disorders are very complex -quite often it may be situational, more often than recognized, "in the family" or genetic. Nutrition, hormones, undesired life changes, loss of a loved one -even a pet can send your outlook and persona down to the negative numbers. Even the best swimmers sometimes need help getting ashore. Depression, while complex, is treatable. Lots of initial self-screen on web. ...Read more

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How can I help my husband cope with my postpartum depression?

How can I help my husband cope with my 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 he can read or better yet, take him to your therapist with you. Sometimes husbands are having their own difficulties coping, and may need to get 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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How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

Psychiatric Eval.: Between the changes in hormones and life style that come after childbirth, it is very common for a woman to have mood swings and to feel down. This can be accompanied by feeling overwhelmed, being more tearful, difficulty sleeping and feeling anxious, jittery or irritable. This is called the postpartum blues and it happens to more than half of women. It can increase for several days after your >. ...Read more

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I have been researching postpartum depression in women. What is the best remedy?

I have been researching postpartum depression in women. What is the best remedy?

Postpartum Depressio: Assuming it is severe enough to warrant medical treatment, our patients with similar illness seem to respond well to group of antidepressants known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as zoloft or Prozac or celexa. Consult a psychiatrist to confirm the diagnosis & get recommendation for treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have postpartum depression show up 10-12 months after the birth of baby?

Yes: Depression can have its onset at any time in life. Post partum onset has little bearing other than most post partum depressions are transient but some are biologically related to hormone shifts. This may be delayed due to nursing which maintains high hormone levels which fall after weaning. ...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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What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?

What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?

Depression: Some people only have depression problems after a pregnancy, possibly increased risk because of the hormone changes. Some people have depression at other times, not due to a particular cause. If a woman is on antidepressants when she gets pregnant, she should talk with her doctor about the risks of taking them or not taking them during the pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


Dr. Susan Feingold
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Postpartum Depression (Definition)

Is a form of mild to moderate depression that occurs within 1 month after delivery & can last up to 6 months. Usual causes are past history of depression, hormonal factors, genetic factors, complications during pregnancy, or social factors . Prognosis ...Read more