Symptoms And Treatment Of Postpartum Depression

2232 Words9 Pages
Nursing Research Postpartum depression affects about 13% of new mothers within the first year after childbirth (Marrs, 2013). Every year there are nearly 4 million births and approximately 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression (“Postpartum Depression-ACOG”, 2013). When a woman is screened for PPD, they are typically evaluated after giving birth and approximately 4-6 weeks after delivery. Screening can include the use of Postnatal questionnaires to determine the severity of the depression and the treatment if needed. The treatment can range from the use of antidepressants to the use of therapy to help manage and improve PPD. Many women choose not to use antidepressants due to concerns of breastfeeding and the potential harm to the child and would prefer to use therapy (Scope, 2012, p. 1910). In using therapy, the standard form had previously been on a one-to-one basis with a therapist or psychiatrist. Women found that speaking in confidence allowed them to open up about their feelings without any judgment (Scope, 2012, p. 1914). In contrast, other studies have shown that more women find that doing group therapy is more beneficial and feel that individual therapy can create feelings of self-isolation which adversely leads to a reduction in compliance with following through with continued therapy sessions (Scope, 2012, p.1914). Recently, the use of a method called cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and online therapy, have allowed women to discuss their PPD and find
Open Document