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Doctor insights on: Women With Postpartum Depression

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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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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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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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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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Could bpd get worse with postpartum depression?

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 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 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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Why do women experience anxiety with menopause?

Why do women experience anxiety with menopause?

Many reasons!: Hormonal changes which occur can contribute. It is also a biologic milestone, which might not be pleasant to think about. Fertility ends. And lifestyle issues regarding family and/or friends are usually proximate! ...Read more

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Do women who deliver by cesarean have a higher percentage of postpartum depression?

Do women who deliver by cesarean have a higher percentage of postpartum depression?

Yes : There is some research linking higher rates of post partum depression on wen who have had c- sections. ...Read more

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Is mild depression associated with menopause or menopause associated with mild depression?

Is mild depression associated with menopause or menopause associated with mild depression?

Menopause/depression: The timeframe around menopause is associated changes in hormone functioning, and depression is not an uncommon. Typically the relationship between these two elements is that depressive symptoms are associated with menopause, or can be an outcome of other health issues directly related to menopause (I.e., significant sleep disturbance that increases symptoms of depression). Be well. ...Read more

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Can women get mood disorders from menopause?

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Can women get mood disorders from menopause?

Menopause: Hormonal changes around that time increases susceptibility to mood changes such as depression and anxiety. ...Read more

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Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

Postpartum depression and the baby blues. Is all this sadness?

No: The hallmark of depression is a diminished ability to enjoy things that should be enjoyable. If that occurs, the individual needs to see their physician. The blues are typically not associated with this symptom. However, "blues" that persist for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by your doctor. ...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 come women have mood swings during PMS and menopause?

How come women have mood swings during PMS and menopause?

The mood swings: That may occur are related to hormonal changes in the woman's body. ...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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Do the hormone changes duringmenstrual cycles affect people with bipolar disorder more?

Do the hormone changes duringmenstrual cycles affect people with bipolar disorder more?

Not Usually: Some women with bipolar disorder can have increased difficulties associated with their menstrual cycles, but this does not occur the large majority of the time. ...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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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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Can estrogen replacement help with anxiety and depression in menopause?

Possibly: If hormones are out of whack and estrogen depleted it may help but usually there is a relative estrogen dominance even in menopause and sometimes progesterone, like Prometrium (micronized progesterone) or a bioitentical cream, may be of more benefit. ...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