The Effect Of A Mood Disorder On Maternal Behavioral Outcomes

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The birth of a baby can provoke a lot of emotions. Mothers particularly can have a range of emotions, including depression. Many mothers experience postpartum “baby blues”. Baby blues include symptoms of crying, anxiety, mood swings, and problems sleeping for about two weeks (Postpartum, n.d.). However, postpartum depression (PPD) is more severe and long-term. Mothers with postpartum depression experience similar symptoms of baby blues, however these symptoms are more intense and extreme. This disorder not only makes it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves, but also for their baby and others. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the extent and impact of how a mood disorder can influence maternal behavioral outcomes. Background There is sometimes an assumption that mothers from other cultures do not experience PPD. Postpartum depression occurs in 10% to 15% of women who have recently given birth and is not non-existent in other cultures (Surkan, 2013). Rather, this form of depression may be less tolerated, less likely to be discussed, and other cultures may have less resources to help these women. As mentioned earlier, childbirth can provoke a range of emotions. With that being said, cultural standards have put it upon the mother to only experience joy and happiness upon the birth of her child. It may be expected that the new mother know what she is doing and she will be shamed upon for feeling sad or depressed. Furthermore, since the
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