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Two or three days after the birth you may suddenly feel very tearful and depressed. This is commonly called the "third day blues", or the milk blues, because it usually coincides with the milk coming into your breasts. These feelings are caused by all the hormonal changes that are going on in your body and should disappear after a few days. If they don't go away, however, you need to talk to your health visitor or doctor.

You may be suffering from post-natal depression [PND) which, if left untreated, can go on for several months. Symptoms of PND include feeling unhappy and wretched as well as irritable and exhausted, yet unable to sleep. You may also lose all interest in food, or find yourself eating too much and then feeling guilty afterwards.

PND is one of the most common illnesses following childbirth and it is likely that it is related to the huge hormonal changes that take place at the time of the birth, but it is still unclear as to why it affects some women so badly but not others. If you think you are suffering from PND, don't feel ashamed and don't ignore it. You need help and the sooner you ask for it the sooner you will begin to feel better and able to cope with life again. Postnatal depression is a common condition. Many women are affected by it, and it needs to be treated early on, not ignored in the hope that it will just go away on its own.

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Every woman should understand

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Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2012-11-06 07:24.

Every woman should understand that depression after the birth of their child is very common. They should be mentally prepared in advance to face such situation. They should take help from depression quotes. These quotes on depression in addition to the advice from your doctor can prepare you to face the challenge. I hope everyone reading this will take care of it in future.

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  Postpartum depression

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Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2012-11-02 03:00.

 

Postpartum depression usually begins in the first few months after childbirth.it is defined as depression with onset within 4 weeks after childbirth.

Multiple factors must be considered when evaluating the capacity of a seriously depressed mother to provide a safe-enough caregiving environment that can support the healthy development of her baby and her relationship with that baby

Such factors, including maternal attachment history, present social supports, insight, and ability to accept help are often best considered by an indisciplinary professional treatment team that includes infant mental health specialists or other mental health practitioners with experience in working with children and families.

Numerous scientific studies and scholarly journal articles support the notion that postpartum depression is treatable using a variety of methods. If the cause of PPD can be identified, as described above under "social risk factors," treatment should be aimed at mitigating the root cause of the problem, including increased partner support, additional help with childcare, cognitive therapy, etc.

 

 

Although PPD affects approximately 13% of women who give birth, a disproportionately high number of women (81 [39%]) in this patient sample had EPDS scores that indicated possible diagnosis for PPD. Because universal screening for PPD at 4-weeks postnatal was not in effect at the three study sites during the study period, our study may have been affected by referral bias. Physicians may have been more likely to ask patients with signs and symptoms of depression to take the EPDS.

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