Karen Klieman, M.S.W., founder and director of the Postpartum Stress Center in Philadelphia. The baby blues are common to new mothers due to the lack of sleep, the babys crying and the shock of motherhood. It's not awful for a mother to feel irritable, overwhelmed and a lot of the time tearful. These feeling begin to show three or four days after birth, but should only last a few weeks. If the blues last for more the two weeks, then she may be experiencing (PPD) which is postpartum depression.
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 is more serious than “baby blues” and it makes things very hard for the mother and ultimately the baby. Psychotic depression is depression secondary to a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. Seasonal affective disorder is depression caused during the winter months and returns every year. It was not noted what type of depression the patient had, but on observation and by reviewing her medical charts it seems as though the patient was experiencing persistent depressive disorder and perinatal depression. I believe that she suffers from persistent depressive disorder because it was mentioned in her chart that she has been in the system off and on since 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.
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?
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)).
Tina’s story is a case of a woman who is showing signs of depression. To determine if Tina is having a major depressive episode (MDE) or if she suffers from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) one needs to look more carefully at all of her symptoms. According to the DSM IV to receive a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder one most have five or more of the following symptoms present during the same two week period for more than two months: depressed mood nearly every day and most of the day (in children and adolescents this can be seen as an irritable mood), loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed, significant weight changes, insomnia or hypersomnia almost every day, psychomotor agitation, fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness an... ... middle of paper ... ... a pilot study. Health. 2(6).
Andrea began to suffer from serious depression after the birth of their fourth child. America has a hard time on understanding how hormonal shifts can cause violent hallucinations and thoughts. Such women are at risk of committing suicide or harming their children thinking that it is for the child’s own good. Despite doctor’s warnings of having more children could result in psychosis in late 2000 they had a fifth child a baby girl named Mary. Meanwhile Andrea has survived two suicide attempts, experienced many episodes of psychotic hallucinations and has taken a number of different medications.
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Diagnostic information. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV defines depression as characterized by a state of deep sadness and loss of interest or pleasure, which lasts for at least two weeks and is present most of the day (American Psychiatric Association, 2002). Base on the observable behaviors, we can diagnose that Phillip is being Depression Symptom because he avoids the social by withdrawing from classmates, fraternity brothers, then dropping out of class, and talking to the air on campus. The diagnosis of depression has traditionally been made based on clinical criteria, including patient current symptoms and history (Katie, 2013). There are many reasons that make Phillip becomes depressive symptom as: broken relationship with his girlfriend, family problem, drinking too much, hereditary or neurological disorder.