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Postpartum Depression

postnatal depression

Postpartum Depression

Introduction of postpartum depression

/ postnatal depression

Postpartum depression – also called postnatal depression – is a type of clinical depression said to be caused by emotional, physical and lifestyle factors that may usually emerge within the few weeks or months that follow the childbirth. Postpartum depression can not only affect seriously any woman – independently of her age – after stillbirth or miscarriage, but also men – less frequently. ___________________________________________________ The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders-IV, in short DSM IV, defines  “ postpartum depression ”  as a form of major depression , major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, or a short-termed psychotic disorder that usually begins within four weeks of delivery. The symptoms experienced by the new mothers suffering from postpartum depression can vary from mild to severe. ___________________________________________________ The good news for all women with postpartum depression is that postpartum depression can be treated either with counseling when the mother suffers ‘only’ from a milder type of postpartum depression ,  or with a combination of counseling and antidepressant medication  if she suffers from a more severe postpartum depression .  In a word, if you or a loved one suffers from postpartum ,  take a quick decision and get professional help. Starting early with the treatment will help you better manage your postpartum depression symptoms ,  and enjoy being a mother. ___________________________________________________ What is postpartum depression / postnatal depression ? Postpartum depression is believed to be associated with the huge changes in hormone levels occurring during and shortly after pregnancy. It is a fact that most women are especially vulnerable to depression – and particularly to postpartum depression – after the delivery, when both their hormonal and physical changes and their enhanced responsibilities for their baby can be so overwhelming. ___________________________________________________ What are the symptoms of postpartum depression / postnatal depression ? When comparing the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and of the baby blues ,  one could get the impression that they are very similar. However, the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression are significantly more intense and they usually last for a longer period of time. Postpartum depression symptoms can sometimes become so severe that they finally do not allow the mothers to care properly for their baby and assume their daily tasks. The women who suffer from postpartum depression usually experience a number of the following signs and symptoms : ___________________________________________________    They experience uncontrollable weeping at times and severe mood swings, that is, their mood improves when something good happens to them and worsen when something bad happen. In other words, their emotional state alternates between euphoria and depression .  Such problems of temporary moods are possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ They experience extreme difficulty bounding with their baby and do not seem missing that so important physical and emotional emotion between mother and baby. Such problems are most likely symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ Their sleeping habits have changed: they suffer from insomnia almost every day – they do not sleep enough; they are generally sleepy, tired and irritable during the day, and have problems with their memory. Such or similar sleeping problems are possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ Almost every day they find it difficult to concentrate on tasks that they could handle easily previously. They also can hardly remember details and take decisions. Such or similar concentration problems and indecisiveness are possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ They constantly feel hopeless, helpless and particularly worthless for the people around them and they regularly develop a pessimistic attitude. They are also convinced that their situation can but worsen and that nothing can be done to change that trend. Such or similar changes in feelings are possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ They mostly ‘generate’ negative thoughts, always feel guilty when something does not work properly and are no longer in a position to control them – no matter how much time and effort they put in these actions. Feeding such or similar negative thoughts and constantly feeling guilty are possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ They do not show interest and pleasure any more in daily activities that they used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sex, pastimes, meeting friends, etc. Losing interest in daily activities and lacking joy in life is a possible symptom of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ Most of the time they feel awfully tired and physically drained. Performing any little work or small tasks is now exhausting and a burden for them. Losing energy and always feeling fatigued – without apparent reasons – also belong to the possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ They claim about serious difficulties in maintaining their relationships due to their excessive sensitivity to any kind of criticism. This extreme sensitivity also influences negatively their social life. The emergence of such problems also belongs to the possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ Their appetite has decreased significantly – apparently without any reason – although they are aware that it is unhealthy and that it may cause them further serious problems. Such changes in appetite and/or in weight loss are often possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ Almost every day they feel restless, moody or cry a lot without any apparent reasons.  Such or similar constant feelings are possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ They feel either so physically restless or rundown nearly every day that people around them can but notice it. Exhibiting such constant feelings are often possible symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ Their main thoughts focus on the idea that their life is not worth living and they develop almost every day recurring thoughts of harming themselves or their baby. Such or similar thoughts or plans might be symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________

What are the symptoms of postpartum

psychosis ?

The depression symptoms of postpartum psychosis are more severe and rarer than those of postpartum depression .  When experiencing postpartum psychosis, a woman may exhibit an unexpected weird behaviour. People suffering from postpartum psychosis must realize the severity of their depression and the absolute necessity to take quick actions to have it treated professionally. Postpartum psychosis usually worsens very quickly and may easily lead to life-threatening decisions. The women who suffer from postpartum psychosis usually experience a number of the following signs and symptoms : ___________________________________________________ They experience hallucinations and delusions, that is, they experience a so-called break from reality and see things or hear voices that are not there. These false beliefs in irrational things are very meaningful to them. Hallucinations and delusions are mostly a strong indication for possible symptoms of postpartum psychosis . ___________________________________________________ They are mostly confused and disorientated. In other words, their mental state is disturbed and they exhibit an impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person. Confusion and disorientation are mostly a strong indication for possible symptoms of postpartum psychosis . ___________________________________________________ They develop so-called “manic behaviours”, such as sweeping the floor in the middle of the night or while you are having guests. Developing manic behaviours may be a strong indication for possible symptoms of postpartum psychosis . ___________________________________________________ They very often develop paranoia and suspiciousness. They have unreasonable and fixed ideas that they are extremely important or that the people around them are being unfair or unfriendly to them. Such feelings of paranoia and suspiciousness are mostly a strong indication for possible symptoms of postpartum psychosis . ___________________________________________________ Some may develop recurring thoughts or plans to harm themselves or their baby; others do not react that way. Developing such thoughts or plans may be an indication for possible symptoms of postpartum psychosis . ___________________________________________________ They may also have rapid mood swings, show intense irritation or hyperactivity. Such behaviours may be an indication for possible symptoms of postpartum psychosis . ___________________________________________________

Prevalence of postpartum depression /

postnatal depression

About one in ten women who have experience the baby blues or felt down in the dumps for usually a few days are likely to develop the more severe and long-lasting postpartum .  Both mothers and babies have to suffer from the consequences as both mothers and doctors notice or diagnose the symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________ From those women who have experienced the more severe and long-lasting postpartum depression ,  approximately one in one thousand is likely to develop the most serious postpartum condition called postpartum psychosis. ___________________________________________________ The mothers, who have already experienced postpartum depression following a previous pregnancy, have an increased risk of about forty per cent to suffer again from postpartum depression. ___________________________________________________

Prevalence of postpartum psychosis

Postpartum Psychosis occurs in about one to two out of every 1,000 births.  The onset of the postpartum psychosis illness is usually sudden – generally within the first four weeks following the delivery. Postpartum psychosis is a psychiatric emergency. Women suffering from postpartum psychosis should therefore seek help as quickly as possible. ___________________________________________________ Of the mothers suffering from postpartum psychosis, about five per cent commit infanticide or suicide that can be associated with the postpartum psychosis illness. This is not surprising as a mother who experiences the severe symptoms of postpartum psychosis, that is, hallucinations, delusions, confusion, disorientation, etc. can hardly react and behave normally; she believes firmly in what she experiences under the influence of her postpartum psychosis and behaves accordingly, without developing any kind of guilt. ___________________________________________________ Despite the extreme severity of its symptoms ,  postpartum psychosis can be treated by professionals. It is a so-called “temporary” illness that must be treated immediately as soon as it is diagnosed or noticed. ___________________________________________________

Risk factors for developing postpartum

depression / postnatal depression ?

The most significant risk factors for developing postpartum depression are: ___________________________________________________ Women who experience a history of bipolar depression  ,  also known as manic-depressive illness or manic  during their pregnancy, have increased risks of developing one day postpartum depression symptoms . ___________________________________________________ Mothers who are still very young at the time of their pregnancy have increased risks of developing postpartum depression symptoms . ___________________________________________________ In families with many children, the mothers have increased risks of developing postpartum depression symptoms in a posterior pregnancy. ___________________________________________________ Women with a history of depression or suffering from the severe depression symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder have increased risks of developing postpartum depression symptoms .___________________________________________________ Mothers with little or very limited support from the people around them, like husband, parents, partner etc. have increased risks of developing postpartum depression symptoms . ___________________________________________________ Mothers who live or have to live alone, or have regular conflicts with their husband or partner, have increased risks of developing postpartum depression symptoms . ___________________________________________________ Women who show ambivalence about the maternal role have increased risks of developing postpartum depression symptoms .___________________________________________________

Risk factors for developing postpartum

psychosis

The most significant risk factors for developing the severe postpartum psychosis illness are: Having a personal history of bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, manic-depressive disorder, or manic depression . Having a family history of bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, manic-depressive disorder, or manic depression . Having a previous psychotic episode. ___________________________________________________

What are the different types of

postpartum depression ?

After the delivery, mothers can experience three very distinct types of mood changes: ___________________________________________________ The “baby blues” Baby blues are mood swings that a mother usually experiences within the four to five days following the birth of her baby. She may have “swinging” moods, feel restless or moody, sad or happy, worthless, guilty, have no energy or motivation, cry constantly, be irritable, anxious, lose interest or pleasure in activities she previously enjoyed. The baby blues can last from one or two hours till two weeks after childbirth and does not usually require any professional treatment. ___________________________________________________ Postpartum depression / Postpartum depression is an illness that a mother can experience at any time between a few days or months after the delivery of any baby. Her moods and feelings are very similar to those of the baby blues but they are experienced more intensively. Very often, the mother is incapable of assuming her daily duties and her postpartum depression must be treated professionally before the postpartum depression symptoms worsen. Postpartum depression is usually treated with a combination of medications and counseling. ___________________________________________________ Postpartum psychosis Postpartum psychosis is a more serious but rarer illness that a mother can develop within the first two months after the delivery. The mother can get confused, have hallucinations, delusions and paranoia, suffer from insomnia and develop weird behaviours. Mothers who are experiencing a postpartum psychosis require urgent professional treatment with appropriate medications. ___________________________________________________

How is postpartum depression /

postnatal depression treated ?

Postpartum depression can be treated in different ways. The severity of the mother’s symptoms of postpartum depression ,  as well as her individual needs, is considered to select the optimal treatment. The available options for the treatment of postpartum include antidepressant medications, psychotherapy, or hormone therapy. However, postpartum depression is mostly treated with counseling and medication, or a combination of both. ___________________________________________________ Counseling Counseling or talk therapy involves a mother to discuss her problems with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health professional to find more appropriate ways to solve her problems caused by her postpartum depression and to formulate realistic and achievable goals. ___________________________________________________ Antidepressants Antidepressants are nowadays a proven treatment for combatting postpartum depression symptoms .  When a mother is breast-feeding, she should talk to her doctor so that he or she can prescribe some antidepressants with a minimum of risk of side effects for the baby. ___________________________________________________ Hormone therapy Estrogen replacement may make it easier to reduce the symptoms of postpartum depression in some mothers. The potential risks and benefits associated with hormone therapy are however to be weighed with your doctor or therapist. ___________________________________________________ Treated genuinely, postpartum depression usually disappears within a few months. For some mothers however, postpartum depression lasts much longer and it is extremely vital for them not to interrupt the prescribed or agreed upon treatment as soon as they start to feel better. Any sudden interruption of treatment may easily provoke a relapse. ___________________________________________________

How is postpartum psychosis treated ?

Postpartum psychosis is a most serious illness that requires urgent treatment. The hospital is mostly the best indicated option to treat postpartum psychosis. As soon as the mother’s safety is assured, different medications or a combination of them — such as antidepressants, antipsychotic medications and mood stabilizers — may be used to better keep her signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis under medical control. Electroconvulsive therapy – also called ECT – may sometimes, in special cases, be recommended and used. When the other treatments have not brought the expected results or when immediate results are wanted, electroconvulsive therapy is the answer to combat and eventually reduce the postpartum psychosis symptoms . ___________________________________________________ When to seek help for your “baby blues” ? Mothers should not feel embarrassed to seek early for help when they feel depressed after the baby’s birth. When they realize that the “baby blues” linger for more than a week or two, they should check with their doctor – without delay – if postpartum depression / postnatal depression can be the reason for their emotional lows. ___________________________________________________

When to seek help for your postpartum

depression /postnatal depression ?

It is a fact that any untreated postpartum depression / postnatal depression can worsen rapidly and be dangerous for both mother and baby.  Seeking for professional help should therefore be initiated at an early stage. You, as a cautious mom, should keep in mind following recommendations: If your depression symptoms last for more than two weeks, do not hesitate a second and have your doctor check immediately that you are not developing a postpartum depression / postnatal depression .
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If your symptoms worsen, do not hesitate a second and have your doctor check immediately that you are not developing a postpartum depression / postnatal depression. If you notice – or the people around you remark – that you are no longer able to perform or work as usual, do not hesitate a second and have your doctor check immediately that you are not developing a postpartum depression / postnatal depression . If everything you used to do becomes a burden and you must admit that you cannot cope any more with your daily tasks, including caring for your baby, do not hesitate a second and have your doctor check immediately that you are not developing a postpartum / postnatal depression . If you start developing thoughts or plans to harm yourself or your baby, do not hesitate a second and have your doctor check immediately that you are not developing a postpartum / postnatal depression . If you feel extremely anxious or sad or start panicking at any moment, do not hesitate a second and have your doctor check immediately that you are not developing a postpartum depression / postnatal depression . If you experience continuously sudden mood swings, do not hesitate a second and have your doctor check immediately that you are not developing a postpartum depression / postnatal depression . If you get confused and/or disoriented, or develop paranoia, do not hesitate a second and have your doctor check immediately that you are not developing a postpartum depression / postnatal depression ___________________________________________________

When to seek help for your postpartum psychosis ?

If you experience hallucinations and delusions, that is, if you experience a so-called break from reality and see things or hear voices that do not exist or are not there, do not hesitate a second and seek immediately professional help. An untreated postpartum psychosis may make you take actions you would never consider if you were well; you could harm yourself or your baby or even do worse. If you are mostly confused and disorientated, that is, if your mental state is disturbed and if you exhibit impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person, do not hesitate a second and seek immediately professional help. An untreated postpartum psychosis may make you take actions you would never consider if you were well; you could harm yourself or your baby or even do worse. If you develop so-called “manic behaviours”, such as sweeping the floor in the middle of the night or while you are having guests at home, do not hesitate a second and seek immediately professional help. An untreated postpartum psychosis may make you take actions you would never consider if you were well; you could harm yourself or your baby or even do worse. If you often develop paranoia and suspiciousness, that is, if you have unreasonable and fixed ideas that you are extremely important or that the people around you are being unfair or unfriendly to you, do not lose time and seek immediately professional help. An untreated postpartum psychosis may make you take actions you would never consider if you were well; you could harm yourself or your baby or even do worse. If you develop recurring thoughts or plans to harm yourself or your baby, do not lose time and seek immediately professional help. An untreated postpartum psychosis may make you take actions you would never consider if you were well; you could harm yourself or your baby or even do worse. If you also have rapid mood swings, show intense irritation or hyperactivity, do not hesitate a second and seek immediately professional help. An untreated postpartum psychosis may make you take actions you would never consider if you were well; you could harm yourself or your baby or even do worse. If you believe that one or more of the above listed point respond to the way you feel or act presently or if you suspect that you might develop a postpartum psychosis, do not wait and hope for an improvement that is not going to occur. Postpartum psychosis is a most serious illness that can worsen very rapidly and lead any person, woman or man, to develop life-threatening thoughts and behaviours. ___________________________________________________

Possible complications associated with postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a serious illness. If left untreated, postpartum depression will most likely influence very negatively the so important bond between mother and child, and be the reason for many other family problems. Both the babies and children of mothers who have not had their postpartum depression treated professionally will – most probably – have to suffer from behavioural problems; they will usually experience difficulties with eating and sleeping and develop temper tantrums and hyperactivity. They also generally start speaking later than other babies their age. When a postpartum depression is not treated professionally, the symptoms of depression can easily last for a long period of time, for months or even years and can eventually generate a chronic depressive disorder. Additionally – even when the postpartum depression is treated professionally – it still seriously increases the mother’s risk of developing future episodes of major depression . Some mothers who suffer from a very severe type of postpartum depression may even develop plans or thoughts to harm themselves or their baby. Such behaviours require immediate professional treatment and may be a strong indication for a postpartum psychosis, a much more serious and dangerous condition which can be mixed up with the symptoms of postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________

Your appointment with a professional for postpartum depression

Taking the decision to seek help for your symptoms of postpartum depression and making a first appointment with your primary care doctor is most probably the most important step you can make in this connection to improve your condition. Postpartum depression is a serious medical condition and is nothing you should be ashamed of. Postpartum depression is a fairly common illness that requires urgent treatment. Your doctor will most probably refer you to a specialist, a mental health provider, who will diagnose you and work out an appropriate treatment plan for your specific postpartum depression symptoms . It is always a good idea to get prepared for your appointment and to bring along with you your “My Postpartum Depression Diary” in which you have written down – as detailed as possible – when and under which circumstances both physical and psychological symptoms have occurred, how you have tried to deal with them, and what results you have obtained. Do not forget to tell your doctor if you have suffered in the past of any kind of depression or of mental health disorder, and if they have been diagnosed and treated. It is also recommended to make a check list of all of your key personal information, possible stresses, and important recent changes in your life and to describe shortly how badly and when your  “ postpartum depression symptoms ”  have affected you. To complete the picture, you can work out a list of all your medications, inclusive dosages and directions and ask a trusted family member or friend to accompany you to your appointment, and help you remember all information you will receive to cope and treat your social anxiety disorder. ___________________________________________________

Tests and diagnosis

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, postpartum depression is defined as a subtype of major depression . The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, stipulates that – to be diagnosed with postpartum depression – a mother must experience the signs and symptoms of a major depression within the four weeks following the delivery. Spelled criteria for a mother to be diagnosed with major depression She has to feel depressed for the major part of the day, almost every day She must have lost interest and pleasure in the activities se used to enjoy previously Her appetite and weight must have changed considerably She must have developed insomnia or hypersomnia She speaks and moves now restlessly or significantly slowly She always feels tired and without energy,  guilty or worthless  She can hardly concentrate and has difficulties making decisions She often develop recurrent thoughts of death or suicide Seeking treatment for your postpartum depression symptoms ,  you have finally made an appointment with a recommended health care provider. He or she will make you pass a thorough physical exam to find out if your postpartum depression symptoms are possibly triggered by any physical causes. As laboratory tests to diagnose postpartum depression do not exist yet, you will be asked by your doctor or mental health provider to describe your  “ postpartum depression “   symptoms as accurately as possible, i.e. in what precise situation or environment they occur and also how often. Your doctor or mental health provider will also let you answer a lot of question to find out about your present psychological state to allow determine a correct diagnosis. Your doctor will most probably also perform blood tests to find out if an underactive thyroid is contributing to your signs and symptoms of depression . ___________________________________________________

Treatments and drugs

Both the time necessary to carry out the chosen treatment and to recover will depend on the severity level of the mother’s depression and of her particular needs. Treatment of “baby blues” depression A professional treatment is usually not required for the baby blues as they usually disappear within a few days after childbirth and rarely last for more than two weeks. During their baby blues, mothers are recommended to accept any help offered by friends and family members and to get in touch with other “new” mothers. Of course, they should avoid consuming any alcohol to avoid their mood swings to worsen. Should a “new” mother suffer from underactive thyroid, she should see her doctor to have adequate thyroid medication prescribed. Treatment of postpartum depression Postpartum depression is usually medically treated with a combination of counseling and antidepressant medication. When a mother is lucky enough to suffer ‘only’ from a milder type of postpartum depression ,  she may be treated effectively with counseling. In most cases, however, women with postpartum depression require both counseling and medications. The good news: with the right treatment, you can get better, but it may take time. Counselling to treat postpartum depression Professional counselling is an effective method to treat postpartum depression and can be provided by psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, or licenced professional counsellors. This treatment method usually helps you coping better with your situation, that is, with your postpartum depression ,   and solve existing problems. Involving husband, partner or family members in the therapy is a good idea that helps you getting along with your condition. Antidepressants to treat postpartum depression Antidepressants are commonly used to treat effectively postpartum depression. In most cases, they are used in combination with professional counselling and support. Breast-feeding mothers should ask their doctor to prescribe antidepressants with the minimum risk of side effects for their baby, to combat their postpartum depression. Anyway, the potential risks and benefits of using antidepressants are always to be evaluated carefully together with their doctors. Hormone therapy to treat postpartum depression Hormone therapy is another method used to ease coping with the postpartum depression symptoms in some women. Here too, the potential risks and benefits of using hormone therapy are always to be evaluated carefully together with their doctors. When a postpartum depression is treated genuinely by a professional, the symptoms of depression usually disappear within a few months. These symptoms of postpartum depression may however last for a much longer period of time in some mothers. In these cases, the mothers who still experience the symptoms of postpartum depression should not interrupt or stop the treatment until they, together with their doctors, have worked out a plan to reduce gradually the treatment so that a relapse can be avoided. ___________________________________________________

Treatment of postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a most serious and dangerous illness that requires urgent treatment. The hospital is mostly the best indicated option to treat postpartum psychosis. As soon as the mother’s safety is assured, different medications or a combination of them — such as antidepressants, antipsychotic medications and mood stabilizers — are generally used to better keep the mother’s signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis under medical control. Electroconvulsive therapy – also called ECT – may sometimes, in special cases, be recommended and used. When the other treatments have not brought the expected results or when immediate results are wanted, electroconvulsive therapy is the answer to combat and eventually reduce the postpartum psychosis symptoms . When a mother is treated for postpartum depression ,   she may become incapable of beast-feeding her baby for two reasons: she is separated from her baby and the medications she has to take may be negative for the baby. ___________________________________________________

Lifestyle and home remedies to combat postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a serious medical condition – not a sign of weakness – and not an illness that that be treated effectively without professional assistance. Besides of the treatment recommended by your doctor, you can take advantage of a few home remedies to enhance combatting your postpartum depression. Here are a few recommendations: Getting active – a complimentary measure to combat postpartum depression Being physically active and doing regularly some exercises is not only good for your health in general, but may support and reduce significantly the symptoms of your postpartum depression .  Most important is that you like and enjoy your exercises and/or new activities, such as walking, swimming, etc. While you are exercising, your body releases endorphins – the so-called ‘happy’ chemicals, and also increases your self-esteem. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine – a complimentary measure to combat postpartum depression Do your very best to avoid consuming alcohol, caffeine and all kinds of drugs. At first sight, you might believe that they help reducing your depression-related symptoms ,  but exactly the contrary happens; these drugs can but worsen and intensify your symptoms of postpartum depression . Sticking to a balanced diet – a complimentary measure to combat postpartum depression Sticking to a healthy postpartum depression diet plan is very important for a baby’s mother. Do not indulge in junk food and do not skip meals, and eat foods that are low in fat, and fruits and vegetable every day. A healthy postpartum depression diet plan can decrease the occurrence of postpartum depression in women who maintained a healthy diet. Setting realistic expectations – a complimentary measure to combat postpartum depression Do not try to run your household the same way you did before your pregnancy. Nobody expect you to do everything alone. Simply ask for help when necessary and accept offered help. Some of the people around you will surely be happy to help or support you. Getting sunlight – a complimentary measure to combat postpartum depression Enjoy sunlight and try to get as much sunlight as you can. Enjoy nature, fresh air and go outside; this will improve your mood. Taking time for yourself – a complimentary measure to combat postpartum depression Do not overdo it, stop in time, get a rest or visit a friend. Do not let fatigue increase the symptoms of your postpartum depression. Keeping positive thoughts – a complimentary measure to combat postpartum depression Do your very best to always think positively when facing unpleasant or negative situations. Even when you definitely know that nothing can be changed, take it easy and behave accordingly. Avoiding isolation – a complimentary measure to combat postpartum depression Talk to the people around you and explain them how you are feeling. Inquire about other mothers in your situation and about their experience combatting postpartum depression. Arrange regular meetings with them or call them regularly. Isolation can worsen your postpartum depression .  Your doctor may also inform you about support groups in your area. ___________________________________________________

How to cope with postpartum depression

Postpartum depression can not only affect seriously a mother, but also all people living close to a new baby, and especially family members, grandparents, etc.  When the mother of a newborn child suffers from postpartum depression ,   the baby’s father is also at increased risk of being affected. The period of time that follows a baby birth is already very stressful for everybody, but can easily grow to an exhausting one when the mother suffers from depression or from postpartum depression. If you experience huge difficulties coping with postpartum depression , see a therapist. He will confirm that depression as well as postpartum depression is a serious condition, but that it is treatable. Complimentary to the treatments arranged with your doctor or therapist, following tips may enhance your situation when bringing home a newborn: Do not complicate your life – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Make your daily life as simple and easy as possible, install priorities and cut back on obligations wherever feasible. Take it easy. Not everything must be done immediately. Do not get nervous; there is a time for everything. Keep a diary – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Keep your “My Postpartum Depression Diary” up to date. Write down – as detailed as possible – how, how long and when you experienced your pain, fear, anger, emotions, etc. Your “My Postpartum Depression Diary” will be of great help for you and your doctor or therapist to control the development of the disorder. Read self-help books – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression You can ask your doctor or therapist to recommend you appropriate self-help books. Read them attentively and discuss relevant aspects with your doctor or therapist during the next sessions. The more informed you are about your postpartumthe better you can cope with it. Keep positive thoughts – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Do your very best to always think positively when facing unpleasant or negative situations. Even when you definitely know that nothing can be changed, take it easy and behave accordingly. Set realistic expectations – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Do not try to run your household the same way you did before your pregnancy. Nobody expect you to do everything alone. Simply ask for help when necessary and accept offered help. Some of the people around you will surely be happy to help or support you. Avoid alcohol and caffeine – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Do your very best to avoid consuming alcohol and all kinds of drugs. At first sight, you might believe that they help reducing your depression-related symptoms ,  but exactly the contrary happens; these drugs can but worsen and intensify your symptoms of postpartum depression . Take time for yourself – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Do not overdo it, stop in time, get a rest or visit a friend. Do not let fatigue increase the symptoms of your postpartum depression. Tell the people around you how they can help you with your daily tasks. Do not ‘feed’ your isolation – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression People suffering from postpartum depression should do everything imaginable not to become isolated one day. It is therefore a good idea for them to try taking part in different activities and to meet regularly with friends or family members. Do not let you go – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Take care of yourself. Care for a balanced diet. Good nutrition is very important and reinforces your resistance against your postpartum depression .  Being physically active and doing some exercises is not only good for your health in general, but may also support and reduce significantly the symptoms of your postpartum depression .  Make sure that you get sufficient sleep – this is extremely important not to trigger postpartum depression symptoms .  Join a support group – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression The support you may receive from friends and family members is no doubt invaluable in learning to cope with postpartum depression. For some people, it is much easier to receive help and support from strangers. In the US, pertaining education, support groups, counseling, etc. are offered by a variety of organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), to help people suffering from postpartum depression . Practise relaxation – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Practising regularly relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, drinking hot tea, self-massage, etc. will help you drop your stress levels and indirectly fight your postpartum depression . Take a rest, a nap, or sleep when your baby sleeps. Be active – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Being physically active and doing regularly some exercises is not only good for your health in general, but may support and reduce significantly the symptoms of your postpartum depression .  Most important is that you like and enjoy your exercises and/or new activities, such as walking, swimming, etc. While you are exercising, your body releases endorphins – the so-called ‘happy’ chemicals, and also increases your self-esteem. Schedule your activities – This will help you cope with your postpartum depression Take time to plan judiciously your daily activities. A good organization of your time and of your daily tasks is essential to avoid negative stress that could trigger your postpartum depression . ___________________________________________________

How to prevent postpartum depression

Basic measures to prevent postpartum depression in “normal” risk women Effective measures to prevent women from getting postpartum depression do not exist yet. However some measures can be taken to reduce their effects, such as: Getting as much help as possible from people around you Sleeping as much as you can and eating healthy food Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and non-prescribed medicines Close monitoring for signs and symptoms of postpartum depression. Basic measures to prevent postpartum depression in high-risk women If you have a history of depression ,  and especially a history of postpartum depression ,  inform you doctor at an early stage of your pregnancy so that he or she can monitor you for signs and symptoms of depression and take necessary measures. If you have a mild depression ,  you doctor may suggest different options: support group, counselling or other treatments. If you have a stronger depression ,  he or she may suggest taking some antidepressants, even during the pregnancy. In this case, do not stop taking the antidepressants so that a reduction of your high risk of postpartum depression is ensured. Once your baby is born, it is recommended to do a check-up for possible signs and symptoms of postpartum depression as soon as possible, to allow an early treatment. Should you have a history of postpartum depression ,  you will most probably have to start to take antidepressants directly after the delivery.
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