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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

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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Could my wife have postpartum depression?

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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What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

Depression & anxiety: The symptoms can include: insomnia and sleep disturbances, sad & depressed mood, lack of appetite, worrying & severe anxiety, irritability and anger, panic attacks, feelings of hopelessness, loss of pleasure and motivation in usual activities, difficulty functioning as usual, overwhelmed and unable to cope with life's demands, and obsessive, distressing thoughts. Sometimes suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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What are the worst types of postpartum depression?

What are the worst types of postpartum depression?

Dangerous Ones: Postpartum depression, when severe, can be associated with sleep deprivation, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and intrusive, obsessive, and disturbing thoughts about the baby. Postpartum psychosis is a different condition that is more associated with bipolar disorder and involves hallucinations and delusions and an increased risk of infanticide. Both demand immediate support and psychiatric care. ...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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How do I know if I am at risk for postpartum depression?

How do I know if I am at risk for postpartum depression?

Know risk factors: 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 percent of women suffer form postpartum depression?

What percent of women suffer form postpartum depression?

Onset of PPD..: Postpartum depression can present anytime in the first year. It is most common to begin within the first 3 to 4 months. However it can begin later in the first year, particularly with changes like abruptly stopping nursing, beginning of birth control pills, etc.

If you suspect you may have ppd, contact your dr. And seek help from a mental health specialist with expertise in treating it. ...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 is the definition or description of: postpartum depression?

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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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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Could I be suffering from postpartum depression? How can I tell?

Not the baby blues: Postpartum depression develops 1 - 6 months after the birth of your baby. Symptoms last at least 2 weeks that include feeling depressed with at least 4 of the following: poor sleep, low energy, poor concentration, changes in appetite, feelings of excessive guilt, lack of enjoyment, moving slower of faster than normal, or suicidal thoughts. If you have any of these, seek professional assistance. ...Read more

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Could I have postpartum depression or is it that he's gone and left me?

Could I have postpartum depression or is it that he's gone and left me?

Yes either or both: Situational factors such as relationship difficulties, losses, etc may be related to your depressive symptoms. To diagnose PPD seek help from a mental health professional. They can help you sort out if this is PPD or not. ...Read more

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What are the barriers to getting professional help for postpartum depression?

What are the barriers to getting professional help for postpartum depression?

Stigma and more: Some women have the idea that to admit they have a problem is weak, in fact, I think it's just the opposite. Reaching out takes courage.

Sometimes it's the stigma of admitting you have a mental health problem that keeps people from asking for help. But how can we change this if no one admits they are suffering and this is a real syndrome! ...Read more

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Does postpartum depression more often affect those who already suffer from it?

Yes: If you have had postpartum depression before, your risk of a re-occurence increases with subsequent pregnancies.

If you have had or currently experience depression, you are higher risk during the postpartum period than a woman who has no history of depression. ...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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What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

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 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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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 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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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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What can I do to get over postpartum depression?

What can I do 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 contact postpartum support, international at www. Postpartum. Net. ...Read more

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How does postpartum depression affect my family?

How does postpartum depression affect my family?

Adds More Stress: Any illness puts a stress on a family balance. Having a baby puts a stress on a family as well (even if it's a positive stress). Every family deals differently with stress and any particular action by the family will be dependent on how family deals with stress during "bad" times. If you feel, you have post-partum depression, get evaluated, get treatment for your sake and sake of your child. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have postpartum depression?

What should you do if you have postpartum depression?

See a doctor: If you feel depressed in the immediate post partum you need to talk to your doctor about it, it is not normal part of the post partum. ...Read more

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Define postpartum depression and describe its causes?

Difficulty coping: Affecting about 10% of new moms, women with postpartum depression have strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that cause them difficulty coping with their daily tasks. It can occur anytime after delivery but usually starts 1-3 weeks after delivery.
It is likely from body, mind and lifestyle factors combined.
These women need treatment with counseling and sometimes medication. ...Read more

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What are major risk factors for postpartum depression?

What are major risk factors for postpartum depression?

Past History: Far and away, the largest risk factor for post-partum depression is a prior personal history of a major depressive episode, major mood episode such as mania or bipolar disorder, or a prior psychotic episode. To a lesser extent, a family history of any of the above increases the risk. ...Read more

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What can I do to feel better with postpartum depression?

What can I do to feel better with postpartum depression?

GetProfessional Help: Postpartum depression is common, but that doesn't make it trivial. For some, it can be extremely severe. For most, it interferes with both joy & relationships at a key time in the life of your family. For some, the negative mood can get locked in & be long-lasting. The depressed mom has a very hard time determining how bad it is. Plus there is often guilt that blocks a mom seeking help. Don't let it. ...Read more

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

Get Medical Help: Call your doctor.

Check out postpartum support international for referrals and support groups:
http://www. Postpartum. Net/get-help. Aspx. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Bernstein
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