Depression and Pregnancy

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Depression and Pregnancy Audrey Luck Psychology for Midwives 11/16/10 Depression and Pregnancy 2 For most women the period of growing bellies and growing anticipations is a joyful and exciting time and for others this time may harbor doubt, fear, and depression. “As many as 1 out of 5 women have symptoms of depression during pregnancy. For some women, those symptoms are severe. In pregnancy, women who have been depressed before are at higher risk of depression than other women” (“Pregnancy complication: depression,” 2009). “Depression during pregnancy, or antepartum depression, is a mood disorder just like clinical depression. Mood disorders are biological illnesses that involve changes in brain chemistry. During…show more content…
Some treatment choices are support groups, private psychotherapy, medication, electroconvulsive (ECT) therapy, and light therapy (“Depression During Pregnancy,” 2008). “For women with mild forms of depression, individual or group therapy may be all the treatment they need”. Some women just need to talk to someone who understands and is willing to listen to them. This is a great resource for individuals who do not have much money and are experiencing the ‘blues’. “There are women who suffer from a type of depression that comes on during the fall or winter, when there is less sunlight. This is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). “This condition is treated with light therapy. In her home, the patient looks into a box with special light bulbs. The health provider recommends how many times a day and for how long the patient needs to use the light box” (“Pregnancy complication: depression,” 2009). According to Nancy Grote, professor at the University of Pittsburgh, depression during pregnancy can be alleviated with two types of psychotherapy. “The first type of psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, helps the depressed woman feel better by addressing and better managing the interpersonal difficulties most connected to her depression, including 1) learning to identify and take care of her own needs, 2) learning to rely less on an unsupportive boyfriend, 3)
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