Post Partum Depression : A Depression That Occurs After Childbirth

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Simply defined Post partum depression is a depression that occurs after childbirth. Post-partum depression or PPD can be experienced by not only the new mother but the partner and new born as well. However given the high rate in which it affects the partner, the availability of resources that can be used to resolve PPD is very low. There is also a substantial lack of knowledge about PPD and its effects of the new father; this lack of information often leads to negative stigmas and judgment. Although the notion that Fathers can experience PPD is new and often accepted by medical professionals, the complexities of PPD that are presented in our society are the lack of information and resources given to the new fathers who suffer from PPD. The definition of PPD as stated by the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia of America is “depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue.”(A.D.A.M, 2015) This definition cannot be used to accurately describe the cause and effect of PPD in males; in fact the definition completely neglects to consider that males are affected by PPD at all. This quote was taken from the most current 2015 edition and even though there have been a few studies that have proved PPD effects the male partners of a new mother it would seem that they have not yet been accounted for within the Medical Encyclopedia of America. This proposed notion was also

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