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5 Facts about postpartum depression

5 Facts about postpartum depression

  1. Moms who suffer from postpartum depression are manifested with the following signs:
  • Frequent crying for no reason.
  • Deep feeling of sadness.
  • Feeling of anger or guilt.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Insomnia, sleeping disorders and nightmares.
  1. Clinical manifestations of postpartum depression may start to appear immediately after delivery or later within the first year of baby's life.
  2. Predisposing factors which increase the incidence of postpartum depression include the following:
  • Personal history of depression, postpartum depression or premenstrual syndrome.
  • Lack of emotional support from the family.
  • Unplanned pregnancy.
  • Young moms who have just given birth to their first kid.
  1. Management of postpartum consists of the following measures:
  • Family support.
  • Behavioral psychotherapy.
  • Antidepressants (should be used under specialized medical supervision as it may interfere with breastfeeding).
  1. Ignoring postpartum depression may lead to severe psychological problem called "postpartum psychosis", which is manifested with hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.

 

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