Essay about Cheryl Postpartum Depression Theory

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A Middle Range Theory of Postpartum Depression: Analysis and Application by Jennifer R. Marsh, RN BSN Abstract: This paper examines Cheryl Tatano Beck’s middle range theory of postpartum depression: Teetering on the Edge. Concepts and definitions of the theory are outlined, as well as assumptions and propositions. The postpartum depression theory is further examined and evaluated in its relation to the field of nursing, its applicability to practice, and author’s scope of practice. Keywords: postpartum depression, Beck, pregnancy, Middle Range Theory For over 20 years, Cheryl Tatano Beck has focused her research on postpartum mood disorder and anxiety. In 1993, Beck published her middle range theory on postpartum…show more content…
The result is mental and physical exhaustion that leads into the next described condition, enveloping fogginess, of stage 1. Symptoms of fogginess may include losing the ability to concentrate and/or loss of motor skills; thus leading to involuntary responses. (Beck, 1993). Stage 2 Throughout Dying of Self, women begin to no longer feel normal and sense as though their former identity is absent; often at times reporting robot like feelings that are void of emotion and caring. A woman will begin to isolate herself secondary to the loss of interest in former enjoyable activities, friends, and even family; ultimately leading one to contemplate and attempt self-destruction via thoughts of hurting self, baby, or even fantasizing about death (Beck, 1993). desire steps to resolution from conditions formed in the previous stage; however, many feel as though they are battling the system. While attempting to seek treatment, women often face disappointment, humiliation, anger, and frustration. The main reason that these new found feelings occur are due to the lack of assistance they receive from family members, friends, and even their primary care providers and/or obstetricians while seeking help. Women often turn to prayer for relief and seek solace in a support group (Beck, 1993). Stage 4 The final stage experienced in PPD is that of Regaining Control. One does not regain control instantly, it is a slow
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