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?
It is very troublesome to properly diagnose PPD in mothers because often the signs are very similar to any mother who just given birth. These include alteration of sleep pattern, complete exhaustion, and lack of hunger. Thus with the help of researchers and psychologist we can look into it more meticulously and uncover these signs and issues. “ Psychoanalytic ideology played a significant role in the obliteration of mothers as persons. ” (Held, L., & Rutherford, A.History of Psychology).
The loss of a child during pregnancy is emotionally and physically challenging and can be a profoundly devastating experience for the mothers and the family. Fetal demise is the term used for fetal death or still birth. In this paper I will explain fetal demise and causes, the effects it has on the mother and family, and nursing care related to dealing with the mother and family. Fetal death is called a stillbirth or intrauterine fetal demise when the death occurs after 20 weeks of gestation. “About 70% to 90% of all stillbirths occur before the onset of labor, with more that half occurring between 20 and 28 weeks of gestation” (London,Ladewig, Ball, Bindler, & Cowen, 2011).The most common form of fetal death is a miscarriage which usually occurs early in the pregnancy up to the first 20 weeks of gestation.The main sign of a miscarriage or fetal death is vaginal bleeding sometimes accompanied by abdominal pain (Calleja-Agius, 2008).
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.
How many suicide attempts have the had since giving birth? Have the thought nasty and harmful thing toward the child? We don’t really know till we ask and actually get to the bottom of it. ... ... middle of paper ... ...m http://abcnews.to.com/US/Depression/story?id=92935 Dawn, K. (2012, June 20). Teen mother more likely to suffer abuse and postpartum depression than older moms.
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.
Children that have had brain injuries have been known to show similar beh... ... middle of paper ... ... for this illness is very aggravating for me. As a mother, you want to do everything you can do for your children to be successful. With this illness it is hard to explain and pin point what the exact problem is, and be able to fix it quickly, as us mothers do. My daughter is my heart, and anything I can do to help her with this illness is my number one priority! Researchers are on this every day and want to understand the causes and effects of ADHD, to help as many people possible.
For some new mothers, however, the joy is replaced with a condition known as postpartum depression. “Postpartum depression is a serious disorder that until recently was not discussed in public…Women did not recognize their symptoms as those of depression, nor did they discuss their thoughts and fears regarding their symptoms” (Wolf, 2010). As such, postpartum depression is now recognized as a disorder harmful to both mother and infant, but, with early detection, is highly treatable with the use of psychotherapy, antidepressants, breastfeeding, and other natural remedies, including exercise. Postpartum depression is indeed a major psychological disorder that can affect the relationship between mother and baby. At this time, the cause of postpartum depression is unidentified, although several factors experienced during pregnancy can contribute to this disorder.
These particular changes can leave a new mother feeling sad, anxious, afraid and confused. For many women, these feelings; which are known as baby blues, go away fairly quickly. But when they do not go away or rather they get worse, a woman may be experiencing the effects of postpartum depression (PPD). This is a serious condition that describes a range of physical and emotional changes and that requires prompt treatment from a health care provider. According to Mauthner, (1999) postpartum depression occurs when women are unable to experience, express and validate their feelings and needs within supportive, accepting and non-judgmental interpersonal relationships and cultural contexts.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a miscarriage as an unintentional loss of an embryo or fetus up to 22 weeks or no more than 500 grams (WHO, 1977). An estimated 22-41% of women who suffer from a pregnancy loss experience some level of anxiety (Athey & Speilvogel, 2000). Geller et al. (2004) concluded that women with a history of perinatal death show increased anxiety with subsequent pregnancies compared to women who have not suffered a loss. Women who have experienced a prior perinatal death can be especially anxious when they become pregnant again, often fearing a similar outcome from their previous pregnancy.