Postpartum Depression : Symptoms And Symptoms Essay

1544 WordsDec 13, 20167 Pages
Abstract After delivering a baby, some women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. There are three levels of postpartum depression: baby blues, postpartum depression, and psychosis. Symptoms include feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, fatigue, and a lack of motivation to do pleasurable things. For women with the second level, the disorder interferes with their ability to function. On the extreme end, psychosis, women experience confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, and thoughts of hurting themselves or their baby. Postpartum depression affects 1 in 7 women. It’s medical risk factors include underperforming thyroid, hormone imbalance, and low levels of serotonin. It 's psychological risk factors include a history of depression, stress, fatigue, and a lack of support. Generally, women with the disorder are treated with antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. However, one case study found that mommy-and-me classes and a strong support system helped treat the disorder. Moreover, a recent study found that exercise can be used to treat postpartum depression and fatigue. Postpartum Depression: A Review of its Background and Implications I’m a prospective Nurse Practitioner Midwife and doula-in-training. Although I’ll be working with expecting mothers, I intend to develop and maintain relationships with my patients during and after delivery. Considering the prevalence of postpartum depression (PPD) among new mothers, it’s important that I
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