Postpartum Depression And Postpartum Psychosis

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Postpartum Depression vs Postpartum Psychosis

1. Postpartum Depression vs Postpartum Psychosis
2. Faith Williams
3. Comp 1
4. Abstract
Ongoing sleep deprivation, the intense experience of birth, radical role shifts, and hormonal fluctuations all collide to produce mood swings, irritability, and feelings of being overwhelmed in the majority of mothers. While as many as 80% experience some form of the “baby blues,” a smaller percentage experience Postpartum Depression, with even fewer moms that experience Postpartum Psychosis. Treatments vary depending degree and intensity of symptoms, and can include talk therapy/psychotherapy (individually or group), antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy, and other modalities. Awareness encompasses knowing and recognizing signs and symptoms. In order to minimize the harmful effects of this disorder, we should know our risk factors, conduct regular screenings, engage recent moms in expressing feelings, and sustain postpartum support groups.
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What is Postpartum Depression (PPD)? How would you know if you had it? Is it unavoidable, something you just have to endure? Fortunately, Postpartum depression is more akin to a temporary condition that can be managed and counterbalanced with insight, sensitivity, and support. What begins as the “baby blues” is estimated to affect as many as upwards of 80% of women after a birth. Although some purport it is caused by hormonal changes, there remains a lack of consensus as to…
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