Postpartum depression is a serious mood disorder experienced by women after giving birth. This complex disorder can shatter mothers mind, body and spirit and end their dreams of what they expected motherhood to be. Health professionals estimate that between 15 and 20 percent of women who have recently given birth will be affected by postpartum depression (Stone, 2008). 700,000 new moms each year develops postpartum depression (Veng & Mcloskey, 2007). Postpartum depression affects more than just the mom.
What is postpartum depression, and how can it cause a mother to harm her very own children, altering her behavior towards her children in a negative way? One in ten women experience postpartum depression ((2)), a condition that often goes undiagnosed, and occurs in women after childbirth. A reason for the lack of diagnosis of postpartum depression is a milder, more common form of depression after childbirth, often known as the "baby blues". The baby blues occur in mothers three to five days after childbirth ((2)) , and may last for as little as a couple hours to a couple weeks ((4)). These symptoms include * mild sadness * tearfulness * anxiety * irritability, often for no clear reason * fluctuating moods * increased sensitivity * fatigue ((2)) The treatment for the baby blues are frequent naps, a proper diet, and plenty of support from partners, family, and friends ((3)).
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.
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?
Moms who Kill The artical I read was called Moms who Kill by Mark Levy. I found the artical on psychologytoday.com. In the artical it discusses how common and how dangerous postpartum depression really is. Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience some kind of depresson up to one year after giving birth. Known to most as the "Baby Blues" a mild depression that if continues can be come something much more powerful and even more dangerous.
Today many people ask the question, does abortion have severe psychological effects? People that are pro-life claim that most women who abort their unborn child suffer from many negative effects, such as guilty feelings, anxiety, depression, loss, anger and even suicide. In one case a woman had an abortion assuming that it would take away all of the stress of being pregnant and thinking about the consequences of having a child. Afterwards she said, “I was unprepared for the maze of emotions that hit me after I had the procedure. Instead of feeling relieved, I was awash in anxiety and confusion” (Lawlor, 2002, par.3).
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.
Becoming a mother can be a very intimidating experience, everyone has fears and concerns. However, PPD is much worst than that, it=s an emotional, physical, and mental depression. It=s a severe form of AThe New Baby Blues. @ PPD occurs due to the unbalance of hormones during pregnancy trying to recover. The body endures so many changes during pregnancy it=s difficult for a female to just bounce back to her pre-motherhood self.
Postpartum Depression-Teaching Project On the Mom and Baby unit at Memorial hospital, patient J.P. was chosen for the purpose of a postpartum depression (PPD) teaching project. The project was discussed with the patient on Wednesday, March 5th and verbal consent was provided. PPD is moderate to severe depression that may occur shortly after delivery or up to one year after. Signs and symptoms may include anxiety, extreme sadness, mood swings, increased crying, trouble sleeping, decreased concentration, and decreased appetite. Often times, these symptoms are referred to as the “baby-blues” which may last a few days or weeks and resolve on their own.
Symptoms range in severity and the timing post childbirth, peaking at about six weeks after delivery for major depression and two to three months for minor depression. Women can experience another peak of depressive symptoms 6 months after birth (Earls, 2010). PPD is not well recognized and ends up undertreated. It accounts for∼10-20% of pregnant women (Delatte, Cao, Meltzer-Brody, & Menard, 2009). More than 400,000 infants are born to depressed mothers annually in the US.