After giving birth to your new born baby, a lot of women experience what is called “baby blues.” The baby blues usually go away within a few weeks, but when the symptoms linger or your depression increases after a few weeks to a month than the mother most likely has postpartum depression. It is very important for the mother to get help so she can give her full attention, support, and comfort to her child. A few symptoms that mothers have during this time period are sadness, moodiness, concentration problems, appetite changes, and many more. Hormonal changes that happen are the cause of the baby blues, and postpartum depression. Once the mothers hormone levels even out they should start to feel better.
It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. There are different types of depression that take place under unique circumstances which includes persistent depressive disorder, perinatal depression, psychotic depression, and seasonal affective disorder. Persistent depressive disorder is a depressive mood that lasts for at least two years. Perinatal depression is what a woman can experience while she is pregnant or after she has delivered. It is more serious than “baby blues” and it makes things very hard for the mother and ultimately the baby.
Each element of PPD is different to each new mother and can be differentiated by the extent and symptoms of the condition. As we all know, the baby blues are what happens just a few days after giving birth. But when they persist for over a week, thats when one should consult with their doctor. Psychotherapist Karen Kleiman, founder and head of The Postpartum Stress Center in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, states that “ Full blown postpartum depression is more serious and persistent. The symptoms include feelings of guilt, fear, loneliness, helplessness, failure; crying jags; insomnia; loss of appetite; withdrawing from friends and family.
Postpartum Major Depression Postpartum major depression is a type of depression that affecting as many as eighty percent of new mothers at some point in their childs first few weeks of infancy. Scientists have categorized their findings on postpartum depression into three basic categories. These include: the conditions surrounding the birth of the child, diagonosis and treatment of the disease, and the the long term affects of postpartum depression on the mother`s child. Postpartum major depression is not to be confused with Postpartum Psychosis, which is a rare condition with some bizarre symptoms including: confusion and disorientation, hallucinations and delusions, paranoia, and attempts to harm oneself or the baby. One mother who suffered from postpartum major depression accompanied by postpartum psychosis was convinced that the world was to evil to raise children in and proceeded to drown her five children.
A woman can feel extremely overwhelmed with a newborn child to look after. Some begin to have threatening thoughts of harming themselves or their child, and in some cases they actually follow through such as Dena Schlosser who severed her 11 month old daughter’s arms. She was claimed to have had Page 2 postpartum depression but why wasn’t she separated from the child before it had gotten that bad, nor given the help to avoid such actions? I’m going to discuss the arguments between postpartum depression and that it should be taken more seriously in our today’s society for it is having heavy effects on mothers like Dena Schlosser. She was found Not Guilty and tried for Insanity, should she have been found Guilty for murder?
The body endures so many changes during pregnancy it=s difficult for a female to just bounce back to her pre-motherhood self. PPD can be detected through the following symptoms: $Fear of harming self or baby $Lack of interest $Anxiety $Forgetfulness $Hostility $Unexplainable crying$Desire to leave$Change of appetite $Over or under concern for baby $Fantasies of disaster or bizarre fears $Rapid mood swings $Irritability $Confusion $Nervousnes... ... middle of paper ... ...couple's fifth baby and first daughter, Mary, was born. As psychiatrists had predicted, Yates began to deteriorate again, and the downward spiral continued when her father died in March. She was nearly mute by the time her husband took her to the hospital in April and again in May for help. As before, the medical staff's chief concern was that Yates would harm herself, not her kids.
On the other hand, during the low points of her mood, Janice spends majorities of her days in bed and toys with thoughts of suicide. These mood swings have bothered her since she was 19, and despite thinking of therapy in the past, this is the first time she has actively sought it. Janice’s illness n... ... middle of paper ... ... in time. However, if she stops treatment prematurely, she will have little success. Individuals with Bipolar I Disorder are difficult to treat because they are used to fluctuating moods.
She complains that she is nauseated, vomiting and having headaches. When I completed the psychosocial assessment on her, she was very emotional. Her mother is 37 years old, and her two sisters are 17 years old and 21 years old. Although both her sisters are close in age with her she is not close to them as she feels she should be. Due to not having much support, she feels alone.
The research of the emotional side effects is outrageous, “Studies within the first few weeks after the abortion have found that between 40 and 60 percent of women questioned report negative reactions. Within 8 weeks after their abortions, 55% expressed guilt, 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor, up to 33 percent of aborted women develop an intense longing to become pregnant again in order to "make up" for the lost pregnancy, with 18 percent succeeding within one year of the abortion. Unfortunately, many women who succeed at obtaining their "wanted" replacement pregnancies discover that the same problems which pressured them into having their first abortion still exist, and so they end up feeling "forced" into yet another abortion,” (Abortion
Most rape victims go into a depressed state, and not be well enough to care for a child. The mother, may also resent her child and not want the child because it reminds her of her tragic experience. Abortion should only be allowed to the mothers who go through court, and get permission to abort from the court. This helps prevent the hundreds of children who are victims of abortion