Despite the physical changes that a woman is to expect during her pregnancy, a major concern that requires attention is a period of expected feelings of depression that a woman may encounter known as baby blues. Although normal, and expected baby blues can lead into post partum depression that involves a myriad of emotions and mood swings. If not addressed postpartum depression can lead to a more severe form of baby blues known in the clinical world as postpartum non-psychotic depression that requires professional intervention. The therapeutic goal during this time is to prevent the new mother from committing suicide where she poses a danger to both herself and her newborn.
Positive therapeutic methods of communication allows the new mom to be exposed to an environment that allows her to address negative feelings, and stressors so that postpartum non-psychotic depression does not have a chance to develop.
Keywords: Postpartum depression, baby blues, postpartum non-psychotic depression.
Therapeutic Communication and Post Partum Depression
The Human being is a most intriguing subject of study. From their impressive communication skills to their problem solving ability, time and time again they stand out as being an intelligent species that is diverse and responsive to their environment. One particular aspect that makes them most attractive is their ability to adapt to change and stress. Pregnancy is a great example that displays how the woman’s body adapts to major physical, psychological, and emotional changes that occur almost concurrently. These changes trigger an untidy heap of powerful emotions. From excitement and joy to fear and anxiety for both the expecting mom and her ...
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