Postpartum Depression : Symptoms And Treatment

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When Postpartum Depression Leads to Psychosis According to authors Susan Dowd Stone and Alexis E. Menken postpartum depression can start during pregnancy which is called perinatal disorder (2008). During pregnancy, women can suffer through mood disorders which are a leading cause of postpartum depression. Women who are screened and diagnosed for depression are most likely to have postpartum depression. Doctors know to keep a close watch on these women who are found positive for depression. After giving birth, the woman will develop postpartum depression; this can lead to postpartum psychosis when women do not receive the help that they need. There are women known to have killed their children due to having postpartum depression or…show more content…
According to Smith and Segal (2014) “postpartum depression usually sets in soon after childbirth and develops gradually over a period of several months.” Women who are diagnosed with depression during pregnancy, doctors know to keep a close watch on them. There are mothers who were not screened for depression during pregnancy, the only way the doctor would know if the patient tells them. To be able to diagnose depression during pregnancy, there are specific questions that need to be asking to determine depression or not. Questions that include if the patient is depressed, histories of depression, relationship or financial issues, unfortunately obstetricians’ offices are so busy with patients, these questions get ignored for some patients. When an obstetrician’s office does ask these questions; help can be gotten right away for a pregnant woman, who is suffering from depression. Mothers who are suffering from depression during pregnancy can receive counseling or take medication to help deal with the depression. These mothers are sent to doctors who specialize in this area and know what medication can be prescribed without harming the fetus. Left untreated during pregnancy the mother has a higher chance of developing postpartum psychosis, which can endanger the baby or her life. Longer maternity leave has lowered the risk for postpartum depression. Dagher (2013) concludes a recent study conducted has shown that women who
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