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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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Symptoms of post partum depression vs baby blues?

Symptoms of post partum depression vs baby blues?

See Below: Baby blues are transient, relatively mild with onset several days after delivery and lasting about 3-4 wks. Sx resolve as hormone levels stabilize and routine with the baby is established. Postpartum depression significantly impairs functioning, onset might be delayed for up to a year. Even if hormones are stabilized and routine is there, sx do not resolve, worsen and functioning deteriorates. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy sleep patterns indicate the future onset postpartum depression?

Can pregnancy sleep patterns indicate the future onset postpartum depression?

Not necessarily: I need to have more information what you mean. If you aren't able to sleep (insomnia or early morning wakening with difficulty falling back to sleep) that may be a sign that some depression is starting. However, many pregnant women may have difficulty getting comfortable especially as they get larger or have to awaken to use the bathroom. So i would advise you to discuss this with your ob-gyne. ...Read more

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How long would post partum depression last?

How long would post partum depression last?

DEPENDS: Postpartum depression is depression that happens after you give birth. So the symptoms are all the same as any depression and so the treatment is also the same. If severe enough it requires medication and therapy a depressive episode can last weeks to years if it becomes chronic or dysthymic. A lot if information about the impact of maternal depression on infants. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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Does having manic depression, put you at a higher risk of post partum depression? How soon can PPD start?

Does having manic depression, put you at a higher risk of post partum depression? How soon can PPD start?

Absolutely!: Women with bipolar disorder are at very high risk for postpartum depression. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later, by definition. The research indicates that anywhere from half to two-thirds of women with bipolar i or ii disorder may face severe depression in the months after delivery. ...Read more

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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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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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Should the Lexapro (escitalopram) have prevented me from experiencing postpartum depression this time?

Should the Lexapro (escitalopram) have prevented me from experiencing postpartum depression this time?

Dose dependent: Whether the med works depends on if it is right med for you, best dose, for the severity of current symptoms. If not helping ask doc if you need different dose or change of med. ...Read more

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2 months after robotic myomectomy, feelings of depression, moody, low energy, sporadic feelings of exhaustion, is this normal any recommendations?

2 months after robotic myomectomy, feelings of depression, moody, low energy, sporadic feelings of exhaustion, is this normal any recommendations?

Hormones?: Did they remove your ovaries during the surgery? If so it could be a hormonal imbalance. You should see a doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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Enjoying time free of panic attacks/none sincemarch had the flu last week and now recovering, feelings of panic/anxiety returning. Related2beingsick?

Enjoying time free of panic attacks/none sincemarch  had the flu last week and now recovering, feelings of panic/anxiety returning. Related2beingsick?

See below: Stress can trigger the return of sx. I would recommend contacting your mental health providers (if you're on meds, a re-adjustment might be warranted). Do inventory of things-- look at what worked and what doesn't work now; practice relaxation, good nutrition, exercise. Stress management. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will the withdrawal symtoms of Paxil (paroxetine) ( nausea , headache ,anxiety mood swing etc ) persist for long time after stoping when will they be over ?

Will the withdrawal symtoms of Paxil (paroxetine) ( nausea , headache ,anxiety mood swing etc ) persist for long time after stoping when will they be over ?

Work w/ Dr: The doctor who prescribed and should be handling your w/drawal is the right one to ask. It's part of their responsibility to you in my opinion. Yours is to be honest w/ them and follow recommendations. ...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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Why are my wife's moods swinging all over the place? Post partum depression?

Why are my wife's moods swinging all over the place? Post partum depression?

It might: If you and your wife recently had a baby than depending on the time passed, it could be either baby blues or post-partum depression. Encourage your wife to get evaluated (you can get a referral from her obgyn or child's pediatrician), be supportive, share chores to decrease feelings of being overwhelmed. Eval and treatment are necessary for the well-being of your family, your wife and your baby. ...Read more

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How long does the manic episode last in manic depression of most sufferers?

How long does the manic episode last in manic depression of most sufferers?

It depends: If the person is a rapid cycler, a manic episode can be brief (hours to a few days). For others, the manic episode can last from a week to several months. One recent study (solomon et al., 2010, arch gen psych) reported that the median duration for a manic episode is about 13 weeks. Depressive episodes tend to last much longer - perhaps on average twice as long. ...Read more

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How long, typically, do cycles of mania last in patients with manic depressive disorder?

How long, typically, do cycles of mania last in patients with manic depressive disorder?

Can vary: An untreated manic episode can last anywhere from a few weeks to even months. If the person has rapid cycling bipolar, their mood can cycle several times a day. ...Read more

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How long do cycles of mania last in manic depressive disorder?

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How long do cycles of mania last in manic depressive disorder?

Manic: Bipolar cycles usually last an average of few weeks, with exception of rapid cyclers who can show mood shifts day in/day out. ...Read more

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Will post partum anxiety ever end?

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Will post partum anxiety ever end?

PP anxiety: Symptoms can last long if u were predisposed to anxiety prior to pregnancy. Best to talk to a mental health professional for cognitive therapy work plus anxiety medications if warranted. ...Read more

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How do "typical" depression and post partum depression differ?

How do "typical" depression and post partum depression differ?

Severity, timing: Postpartum depression usually occurs within a year of delivery and is potentially more severe and dangerous than major depression. Although there are often mild symptoms of depression after most births, PPD is more severe, a medical emergency. If you have a history of depression or bipolar it's vital to meet with your doctor throughout your pregnancy to plan a strategy to address this pre-delivery. ...Read more

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For what length of time before opiate withdrawal anxiety/agitation/lack of motivation wears off?

For what length of time before opiate withdrawal anxiety/agitation/lack of motivation wears off?

Every person is: Different. Some of the symptoms you are describing may have been in existence before you began abusing opiates. You need to be working with a therapist who specializes in addictions to help you learn how to handle anxiety. Aggitation and lack of motivation. Also self help support groups like aa and na will help you stay clean and sober. ...Read more

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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