Symptoms And Symptoms Of Postpartum Depression

1430 Words Mar 17th, 2016 6 Pages
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70 to 80 percent of women who have given birth experience what is know as “Baby blues,” (Piotrowski & Benson, 2015). These are mild symptoms of depression and usually go away after two weeks. However, the symptoms of unspecified depressive disorder with peripartum onset also known as postpartum depression (PPD) can be more intense and last significantly longer. According to the DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association [APA] 2013), postpartum depression occurs during pregnancy or in the 4 weeks following delivery. Postpartum depression has symptoms that cause clinically significant distress or impairment to the new mothers life and can include the inability to take care of the newborn or herself. The DSM-5 also states that, “if full criteria are not currently met for a major depressive episode,” then this specifier should be used (APA 2013). In this paper I will provide background information for Sarah, my person of interest, discuss the diagnostic criteria and effects of postpartum depression, and I apply this information to Sarah’s lived experiences.
Background Information Sarah is a 36-year-old, Hispanic and Caucasian, unmarried mother of three children that lives in Aurora, CO. She currently lives with two of her children. Matthew is 13 and Jasmine is 11 years old. She is a busy single mom that works part-time, attends college and is a practicing doula. Sarah enjoys spending time with her kids including supporting them in all of their many activities.…
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