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What is post partum depression?

What is post partum depression?

Mood disorder : Ppd is known as the most common complication of childbirth. It is the emotional disorder following childbirth that includes a variety of moderate to severe mood and anxiety symptoms. It affects 10 to 20% of childbearing women and requires professional mental health treatment. ...Read more

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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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How common is post partum depression?

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How common is  post partum depression?

PPD: It's prevalence among women is 5-25%, and among men, especially new fathers, it can range from 1% to as high as in women. ...Read more

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Post partum hypertention?

Post partum hypertention?

Postpartum hypertens: The miracle of pregnancy can sometimes be associated with complications. Hypertension could develop in the third trimester or early postpartum (after delivery) period. This can be treated with medication effectively. Half of women may remain hypertensive longterm, while the other half will return to normal blood pressure. ...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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When was post partum depression first diagnosed?

When was post partum depression first diagnosed?

Postpartum depressio: In 700 bc hippocrates wrote about women suffering from emotional difficulties during their postpartum period, but it was not until the 1850s that medical professionals first recognized postpartum depression as a disorder. During the 19th century when women experienced depression, many did not divulge their symptoms and those who did were often diagnosed as “neurotic.". ...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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Does Xanax (alprazolam) help with post partum depression?

Does Xanax (alprazolam) help with post partum depression?

It shouldn't: Xanax (alprazolam) is an anti anxiety, not an anti-depressant. I would go to curecrowd.Com to see a multitude of treatment options and crowd sourced results. I hope this helps. ...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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Does post partum depression come and go with pregnancies?

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Does post partum depression come and go with pregnancies?

Ppd: Yes if it is short lasting without consequence and mother receives good support. If mother is known with long lasting depression, then it is not PPD but result of ongoing depression which can be more severe than just ppd. ...Read more

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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD depresion: Wrong! ptsd not always accompanied by depression, though depression frequently comes along or may precede or follows. People with already a mental issue suffers more risk of ptsd after a trauma. Drug users also suffers more ptsd after trauma, as they have a mental issue preceding the trauma. ...Read more

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Can post traumatic stress disorder ptsd lead to suicide?

Can post traumatic stress disorder ptsd lead to suicide?

Yes.: A traumatic experience, by definition, temporarily overwhelms a person's ability to cope with it. Ptsd can be extremely distressing and long lasting if not treated properly. Suicide is an act of desperation to stop pain or distress that is unbearable when the person sees no other alternative. It is important to know there are effective ways to treat ptsd. ...Read more

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Could bpd get worse with postpartum depression?

Bipolar Disorder?: Bipolar disorder can worsen with pregnancy or postpartum. Borderline personality disorder symptoms may also intensify in this situation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between separation anxiety and post partum depression?

What's the difference between separation anxiety and post partum depression?

Separation anxiety: occurs when someone has emotional symptoms when not in the presence of a person he/she is bonded too. This often is the case w/a child going to school for the first time or a little child when a parent goes out of the room or house. In adults it is called "co-dependence." Postpartum depression can occur after childbirth when the mother has a temporary hormonal imbalance. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can a hysterectomy cause postpartum depression?

Can a hysterectomy cause postpartum depression?

Hysterectomy depress: Can hysterectomy cause postpartum depression ? The answer is no. But some women can experience depression in the post hysterectomy period where hysterectomy was done out side of pregnancy but this is not common. Other women have complained of sexual dysfunction following hysterectomy. If depression occurs after postpartum hysterectomy then it may be postpartum depression or a combination of both. ...Read more

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2 weeks after abortion, experiencing extreme depression and mood change?

2 weeks after abortion, experiencing extreme depression and mood change?

You need to talk: A type of post-partum depression can sometimes occur after an abortion. Most of the time however it's those unresolved conflicts that need some counseling to work through. ...Read more

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What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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How do I deal with severe post traumatic stress disorder?

Get help: You must work with a psychotherapist trained in helping people with severe ptsd. A lot of people are helped with using emdr protocol. ...Read more

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What causes postpartum depression?

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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Is severe animosity torwards your spouse a sign of post partum depression? I detest him

Is severe animosity torwards your spouse a sign of post partum depression? I detest him

It may be.: Why not make an appointment with a psychiatrist? You have nothing to loose and potentially a great life to gain! ...Read more

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Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Maybe indirectly: A mother who is severely depressed may not bond with her newborn, may socially isolate, be irritable or physically agressive or simply lack the motivation or energy to take care of her child or children. It can sometimes be quite devastating. That is one reason that it is so imporant to get professional help - to avoid a negative impact on the children. But also, no woman wants to suffer. ...Read more

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Is severe animosity torwards your spouse a sign of post partum depression? I detest him

It may be.: Why not make an appointment with a psychiatrist? You have nothing to loose and potentially a great life to gain! ...Read more

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Since I had my baby I have severe weakness, anxiety, panic, feelings of doom , irritable , sleep apnea is this post partum depression? tests normal

Since I had my baby I have severe weakness, anxiety, panic, feelings of doom , irritable , sleep apnea is this post partum depression? tests normal

If there was onset: within a year of your baby's birth - you may have post partum depression. There isn't enough info here to know. Would encourage comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to know. ...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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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?

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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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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What can I do if I think I have postpartum depression?

What can I do if I think I have postpartum depression?

Call your physician: Contact a mental health professional with specialization/expertise in assessment and treatment of postpartum depression. You can contact postpartum support, international at www.Postpartum.Net. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

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What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

Depression: Postpartum depression (PPD) is depression that occurs any time within the first year after delivery, although it usually happens within the first 4-5 weeks postpartum. Some symptoms include irritabiity, anger, guilt, sadness, anxiety or panic (especially about one's ability to care for the child), & ambivalent feelings toward the baby. If you think you may have ppd, seek help from your ob. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: postpartum depression?

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Post-partum depressi: 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 is good with treatment. ...Read more

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How to get over postpartum depression?

Call your physician: Contact a mental health professional with specialization/expertise in assessment and treatment of postpartum depression. You can also pick up a copy of my book, happy endings, new beginnings: navigating postpartum disorders at your local barnes & noble or online at amazon.Com. You can contact postpartum support, international at www.Postpartum.Net. ...Read more

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How is postpartum depression self-diagnosed?

How is postpartum depression self-diagnosed?

It should not be: Post-partum depression is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition that needs to be ruled out by a qualified professional and is a medical emergency, as in get to the emergency room, by ambulance if necessary, if the woman has thoughts of killing herself or others, or seems to have lost touch with reality. ...Read more

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Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

It can be.: Some women have irritability and anger as the predominant symptom of their depression. It is best to seek help to assess whether this is a symptom of depression. ...Read more

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What are the risks of untreated postpartum depression?

What are the risks of untreated postpartum depression?

Many: Colleagues have offered excellent answers. I will add this: untreated post partum depression can interfere with your bond to your baby, affecting you both for a long time. This is an upsetting prospect, but as others have mentioned, the treatment for PPD is usually very effective. Best to address it as soon as possible, even pre-birth if there is reason to worry you are at risk. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for postpartum depression?

Antidepressants: If it's true post-partum depression, and you are having difficultly functioning and bonding with the baby, antidepressants work well. If in addition to depression, you are having obsessional thoughts about hurting the baby, you should see a mental health professional immediately. If it is baby blues-which start soon after birth and last days, will improve on it's own. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for postpartum depression?

Therapy & medication: Psychotherapy with a mental health professional with specialization in treatment of postpartum emotional disorders is very effective. Many women often need medication as well. With treatment, there is a very high success rate. ...Read more

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What are available treatments for postpartum depression?

What are available treatments for postpartum depression?

Many Options: Depending on the severity here are options to consider talking with your obgyn and psychiatrist: 1) bright light therapy 2) psychotherapy 3) antidepressant drugs - some drugs, such as zoloft & paxil, (paroxetine) end up in very low concentrations (if at all) in breast milk. 4) transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms) is an outpatient treatment that uses an MRI strength magnet to stimulate the brain. 5) and more. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced postpartum depression while taking methyldopa?

Has anyone experienced postpartum depression while taking methyldopa?

Yes: It has been noted, but post-partum depression is so common it is hard to tell if it really had anything to do with the medication or was just post-partum depression. If your doctor thinks that the risks outweigh benefits you should take the medication. During pregnancy there are not a lot of alternatives for blood pressure control and certainly does not mean you will get post-partum depression. ...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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How to help my wife with postpartum depression?

How to help my wife with postpartum depression?

Find a therapist.: In addition to being supportive and listening to your wife, it is important to get her help from a professional. Postpartum depression can last for years if left untreated and can become quite severe. Find a therapist that is experienced or ask your or her doctor for a referral. ...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