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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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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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Can someone tell me how people deal with postpartum depression?

Can someone tell me how people deal with postpartum depression?

Significant post : Partum depression usually required psychiatric medications such as antidepressants as part of the treatment plan. Talking therapy is also important. ...Read more

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What makes some people more prone to having postpartum depression compare to others?

What makes some people more prone to having postpartum depression compare to others?

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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What should family members do for a person with postpartum depression who is refusing help?

Encouragement: Encourage them to get treatment and be supportive. You cannot force one into treatment unless they are a danger to themself or others. ...Read more

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Postpartum depression won't go away? When should I ask for treatment?

Postpartum depression won't go away? When should I ask for treatment?

NOW: Postpartum depression is a real illness that has consequences for both you and the family. You do not have to do this alone. Get the help you need. ...Read more

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Can i ask my obgyn about postpartum depression, or will i need a referal?

Can i ask my obgyn about postpartum depression, or will i need a referal?

Possibly: If you already have an upcoming appointment with your obgyn, i would go ahead and mention it to him/her. Some obgyn's are comfortable in providing some guidance and/or starting treatment of postpartum depression. If not, i would see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. Depending on how your insurance company works, you may need a referral from your pcp. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more