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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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Will I be likely to suffer from postpartum depression is I have a family history of depression?

Will I be likely to suffer from postpartum depression is I have a family history of depression?

Increased risk: Most women have some sort of "baby blues" after delivery. Lack of sleep and hormonal fluctuations are the culprit here. Postpartum depression is a more serious condition and a personal or family history of depression or anxiety increase the risk of postpartum depression occurring. There are great therapists that specialize in postpartum depression, don't be afraid to talk to your doc. ...Read more

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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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What will treat postpartum depression?

What will treat postpartum depression?

Medication/PsyhoT: Medication to help you manage sx, psychotherapy to help you build coping skills, identify maladaptive thoughts, help you re-establish self-care routine and help with managing stress. ...Read more

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Could my wife have postpartum depression?

Possibly: Depression is not uncommon after childbirth, although mild "baby blues" are more common. Symptoms to look for include sadness/numbness, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, changes in sleep or appetite, guilt or worry, poor concentration, low energy, feeling heavy or slow. If she is making any statements about wanting to not be alive or harm herself or the baby bring her to an er. ...Read more

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Does postpartum depression involve anger?

Does postpartum depression involve anger?

It certainly can: Yes, it certainly can, but it could also indicate many other things, eg sleepiness, fatigue, burnout, relationship difficulties, or even an emerging mania or mixed mood state. Please discuss this with your doctors asap. ...Read more

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Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

Yes: A lot of women don't feel so much sad as angry or scared during postpartum depression. If you are having anger that is getting in the way of your daily living or affecting your relationships, you should talk to your doctor right away. Don't be scared to ask. Postpartum depression is common and there is help. ...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 is postpartum depression? Is it serious?

What is postpartum depression? Is it serious?

Postpartum : depression is a psychological disorder which occurs in women after child birth. It is a very serious form of depression which can endanger both the mother and child if left untreated. Suicidal and homocidal thoughts can accompany the depression. Psychotherapy and medication can help overcome this disorder. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

Do speak with: Someone. I agree with dr scarantino. Don't wait if you are unsure whether it's post partum or not, speaking with your doctor or a therapist will help you figure out what s wrong.. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Bernstein
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