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Postpartum Depression. Michael Hoerger. Background. Postpartum or postnatal = after birth Low mood, loss of pleasure, hopelessness, sleep and appetite problems 3 types: Baby Blues: 80% Postpartum depression: 5% Postpartum psychosis: 0.1%. Validity?.

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postpartum depression

Postpartum Depression

Michael Hoerger

background
Background
  • Postpartum or postnatal = after birth
  • Low mood, loss of pleasure, hopelessness, sleep and appetite problems
  • 3 types:
    • Baby Blues: 80%
    • Postpartum depression: 5%
    • Postpartum psychosis: 0.1%
validity
Validity?
  • “The feeling associated with giving up something loved—or at least something that is a part of ourselves and familiar—is depression.” –M. Scott Peck
  • Prior depression, anxiety, stress
  • Pathologizing women?
etiology
Etiology
  • Overestimating happiness
  • Stress, low social support, single parent, marital problems
  • Parental efficacyexpectations
  • Difficult temperament,health problems
consequences
Consequences
  • Physical growth
  • Behavior problems
  • Emotional problems
prevention
Prevention
  • What can be done by the individual to prevent postpartum depression?
  • What can be done by society?
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Michael Hoerger

To cite this lecture:

  • Hoerger, M. (2007, January 22). Postpartum Depression. Presented at a PSY 220 lecture at Central Michigan University.