Postpartum Depression Research Paper

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Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression refers to a kind of depression that some women experience after childbirth (Miller762–5). Postpartum depression is described as a chronic and debilitating psychological condition that is highly characterized with reduced quality life, heavy burden in regard to its treatment and management, and increased risks to a myriad of life-threatening adverse events and complications (Dennis & Dowswell). This disorder in the last years has gained more attention, more and more women suffer. This instant is the most important and beautiful that takes place in the life of a person, but also the most dramatic, so we must respect the times, fears and beliefs of the future mother, so you can help more in this…show more content…
Postpartum depression has many causes; these are resultant from physical, emotional or both changes. After childbirth, the body changes very quickly. The hormonal levels go down; the milk rises, and the breasts may become swollen, making you feel exhausted. These physical realities can trigger feelings of discouragement and melancholy. Emotionally, you may feel nervous or anxious about the baby's well-being and the transition to motherhood, or it may be hard to adjust to the new routine. The new moms begin to have new responsibilities can overwhelm you. Postpartum depression originates from a combination of hormonal, environmental, emotional, and genetic factors. Some women may feel responsible for having postpartum depression, but depression is not the result of something you did or did not do. You may also be more likely to have postpartum depression if you had anxiety or depression during pregnancy or if you went through a period of sadness after giving…show more content…
There are two types of postpartum depression (Kabir): mild and severe postpartum depression. The first is experienced by 80% of women who suffer from this disorder. It is characterized by its low severity and impact on the mental health of the mother. It does not need treatment. It appears 2 or 3 days after the birth, to disappear after 15 days. Insomnia, anxiety, irritability, easy crying, overwhelms and fear of not being able to take care of your baby is some of its symptoms. They suffer, also, problems of self-esteem, since they do not accept their bodies and feel ugly when observing the consequences of pregnancy and childbirth in their body. Severe postpartum depression only 10% of postpartum depressions is considered serious. Severe postpartum depression appears one month after giving birth, when the mother feels unable to take care of her child. The symptoms range from anguish, sadness and aggression panic attacks, fears, and low self-esteem. These symptoms can lead to eating disorders, such as an excessive increase in appetite or, on the contrary, loss of appetite. In addition, tachycardia or insomnia may appear. This type of depression needs the diagnosis and treatment of a specialized
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