Postpartum Depression : Symptoms And Symptoms

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Postpartum Depression Screening
Depression, a disorder of the brain, is known to be a common but serious illness that interferes with one’s life. Although MRI scans have shown a difference in the brain activity of individuals suffering depression, it cannot solely be used to diagnose depression. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) states that “with postpartum onset” to episode of depression with the onset being within 4 weeks of delivery of a neonate. (O’Hara and McCabe, 2013). Depression can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors but can also occur in people without any family history (NIMH, 2016). Many people with depression do not seek help either because they are depressed or they do not want to be categorized as having depression.
Treatment options range from long-term antidepressant medications to psychotherapy and social groups. Unfortunately, depression can affect ones mind, body and soul and can cause disturbance in relationships. One of the most common ways of detecting and managing PPD is (a) screening new mothers for one year, (b) providing the right treatment to effectively minimize depression. If this routine screening protocol was implemented, appropriate care and interventions can decrease PPD and evade severity of the disorder. This paper will integrate evidence-based practice recommendations and propose a protocol on screening for PPD in the outpatient…
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