The Portrayal Of Postpartum Depression

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The Portrayal of Postpartum-Depression in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

“The Yellow wallpaper” is a story about a woman going through a mental breakdown. She has recently had a baby and is suffering from postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Charlotte portrays postpartum depression very accurately in the story “The Yellow Wallpaper”. She writes about how others do not understand her needs and how they will not listen to what she wants to say. Postpartum depression is a serious form of depression that affects not only the person experiencing it but the others around them as well. Women everywhere suffer from this form of depression. These women are going through something very serious and need as much support as they can get. Charlotte
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An article on postpartum depression states “70 to 80 percent of women who have given birth experience what are called the ‘baby blues’ or the ‘fourth-day blues’ “(Postpartum Depression). The “baby blues” and “fourth-day blues” have symptoms of mood-swings, unhappiness, anxiety, irritability, or restlessness and these symptoms will often go away or lessen without medical intervention (Postpartum Depression). If someone experiences these symptoms they are not automatically classified with having PPD.
The definition of postpartum depression is “A physical and emotional condition that may be life-threatening, involving the symptoms of depression occurring from a month to a year following childbirth and thought to be caused in part to dramatic hormonal shifts occurring in conjunction with childbirth” (Postpartum Depression). Indications of postpartum depression include sorrow, insomnia, periodic crying, irritability, lack of energy and motivation, diminished feelings of self-worth, restlessness, guilt, unexplained weight changes, irrational fears and being overwhelmed. There is a difference between postpartum depression and just having the “baby blues”. Postpartum depression is severe and lasts for a longer amount of time compared to “the baby blues”. The “baby blues” will not affect how you care for your child. Postpartum depression interferes with the mother’s ability to care for herself and her child.
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