Essay about An Investigation of Postpartum Depression

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An Investigation of Postpartum Depression Missing Works Cited The recent Andrea Yates murder trial brought a firestorm of controversy as the issue of postpartum depression (PPD) became a debated topic throughout the country. Did Andrea truly suffer from psychosis as she drowned her five children in the bathtub or was such defense a scheme to avoid the death sentence? Prosecutors suggested the spousal-revenge theory as a motive for the killings. Could she have committed murder to get back at a possessive and domineering husband? (1). The outcome of the trial was by no means exceptional as it was a murder case, which resulted in a life sentence conviction. It did however, create awareness within the medical field and mainstream…show more content…
Depression scores were actually higher at 8 months of pregnancy with 13.5% of the participants assessed as depressed. Such percentage lowered to 9.1% at 8 weeks and 8.1% at 8 months postpartum (4). Postpartum depression is categorized into three forms according to symptoms experienced: 1. Postpartum blues is a common and usually short-lived condition which is characterized by weeping, emotional instability, low-self esteem, anxiety and vulnerability immediately after giving birth (5). 2. Postpartum depression (PPD) is more intense and incapacitating as it can often interrupt with the woman's everyday activities. It can be accompanied by feelings of despair, anxiety, fatigue and irritability which linger and reoccur for months if no medical attention is given (5). 3.Women with postpartum psychosis suffer from insomnia, hyperactivity and hallucinations and delusions about death and possibly hurting the child. Psychosis is further accompanied with schizophrenia and has an onset of three months but can appear 18-24 months postpartum(6). Although the three categorizations may be useful for the identification and possible treatment of the illness, there are hormonal, psychological, social and environmental aspects which can also contribute to psychiatric illness. Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone hormone levels during pregnancy are considered a possible source of depression. Upon 24-48 hours after giving birth and delivering,
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