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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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Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

No: The hallmark of depression is a diminished ability to enjoy things that should be enjoyable. If that occurs, the individual needs to see their physician. The blues are typically not associated with this symptom. However, "blues" that persist for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my mothers post natal depression cause mental health problems in my adult life?

Is it possible that my mothers post natal depression cause mental health problems in my adult life?

Not directly.: However, theoretically if a mother's severe post partum depression interupted bonding with an infant that might have some effects that become manifest at a later time. ...Read more

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How does a mother's depression affect her children's risk of depression?

How does a mother's depression affect her children's risk of depression?

2 ways: One is by some increased genetic risk and the other by less or irratic attention paid to the child due to the depression. This is why treatment is so important. Treatment works and this usually includes medications and therapy. Post partum depressions that are severe and last beyond the first month of just blues are very serious and are more likely to need medications reserved for bipolar ...Read more

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Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

?: There seems to be major lawsuits against the maker of Celexa on-going (stating that citalopram use is associated with autism). Frankly, I am not sure how strong the causal link is (if any). I will be interested to see the studies behind this. ...Read more

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Friend asks: Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe for my 17 yo daughter at risk for self harm, with eating disorder and depression? Does Prozac (fluoxetine) increase suicidal ideation?

Friend asks: Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe for my 17 yo daughter at risk for self harm, with eating disorder and depression? Does Prozac (fluoxetine) increase suicidal ideation?

PROZAC (fluoxetine) PLUS THERAPY: The most optimal combination for emotional problems is meds and psychotherapy. That being said, be mindful that meds by themselves only take the edge off symptoms; alone they solve nothing. The real grunt work takes place in the psychotherapist's office. ...Read more

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Can babies recognize their mothers' voices at birth?

Can babies recognize their mothers' voices at birth?

Yes: The prevailing information when i looked into this stated a firm preference for mothers voice was established by 8 hours(compaired to similar sounding women) with dad trailing behind a bit at 24 hrs. So the answer is sort of both yes and no. I find it amazing that a newborn can sort out all the new sounds they have to deal with that soon. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term effects on adult children of mothers who took heroin during pregnancy?

Are there any long-term effects on adult children of mothers who took heroin during pregnancy?

Higher risk : For addiction, but otherwise there is little evidence for adverse effects on adult children of mothers who used heroin during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Possibility: This sounds like an extremely complex situation that would benefit more from working individually with an experienced psychologist or psychiatrist. However, the mind-body workbook for ptsd by block(s) may be a nice accompaniment to your own more individualized therapy. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Can kangaroo care in nicus influence preterm babies emotional and social development?

Can kangaroo care in nicus influence preterm babies emotional and social development?

Possibly: We are slowly learning more about early developmental influences and how early impressions may be formed. Some of this can probably be reversed by changes in approach a later ages, but difficult to really assess accurately. ...Read more

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Post partum depression or just feelings of overwhelmed parent?

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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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 many children are in foster care because their mother has a mental illness?

How many children are in foster care because their mother has a mental illness?

Why: Does this matter to you? A statistic is not helpful in and of itself. The big picture is more important...Why are there so many people with mental illness? What is happening in society to lead to this? Children in foster care would hopefully all be there because their home environment was not safe at the time. With treatment of mentally ill parent many can be returned home. ...Read more

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Thoughts on Prozac (fluoxetine) for a very anxiety ridden 16 year old?Have social, general, separation anxiety+seasonal mild depression. Dr recomended i take 20mg

Thoughts on Prozac (fluoxetine) for a very anxiety ridden 16 year old?Have social, general, separation anxiety+seasonal mild depression. Dr recomended i take 20mg

Good .: Prozac (fluoxetine) is a well research ssri and is a good medication. It treats all the symptoms that you've mentioned. He recommended the right dose. This should be in conjunction with individual psychotherapy. ...Read more

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I needcontract with adult child living at home. Both mother and son have extreme anxiety issues, including depression and lack of self-worth.

I needcontract with adult child living at home. Both mother and son have extreme anxiety issues, including depression and lack of self-worth.

SOUNDS DIFFICULT: Whatever the way of living has been, it doesn't seem successful. Anxiety and depression are hard to bear & hard to live with. Maybe time to take all to a therapist and see what can be done to change things. This does not have to be permanent. Sometimes one personalone cannot find a better way. The chances improve when a thearpist witha different view joins in. ...Read more

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Can someone give me honest experiences with pregnant mothers on citalopram and having healthy babies?

Can someone give me honest experiences with pregnant mothers on citalopram and having healthy babies?

Celexa (citalopram) & Pregnancy: There are several, all of whom were monitored by their prescribing doctor working close with their Ob/Gyn. to monitor pregnancy closely. ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?

2 general types: Generally there are two types of depression listed in the DSM5. The first is dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression that varies little in intensity, and major depression, which varies in intensity a great deal. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for depression and suicide?

Who is at risk for depression and suicide?

Nearly anyone: Anyone could be at risk, but more so if you have a family history of depression or bipolar illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, etc. If you use substances like that yourself, you would be at higher risk. If you have ongoing medical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and ms, etc you have higher likelihood. Some medications like antihypertensives & oral contraceptives can add risk also. ...Read more

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