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Postpartum Depression. Child Development Mrs. Brennan. Statistics. 50-80% of moms go through a “baby blues” period the first two weeks postpartum 10% of Moms suffer from Postpartum Depression 0.1-0.2% of women go through a postpartum psychosis

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postpartum depression

Postpartum Depression

Child Development

Mrs. Brennan

  • 50-80% of moms go through a “baby blues” period the first two weeks postpartum
  • 10% of Moms suffer from Postpartum Depression
  • 0.1-0.2% of women go through a postpartum psychosis
  • Women are more likely to suffer from depression, especially from ages 18-44 (the childbearing years)
  • Women are at a higher risk of depression during hormonal fluctuation such as during menstrual cycles and especially during pregnancy.
sources symptoms
Sources & Symptoms
  • PPD can begin as early as 24 hours postpartum
  • Research says PDD is a hormonal imbalance in the brain or can be caused by psychological issues or situations at home
  • Symptoms include:
    • Feeling hopeless and helpless
    • Extreme low self esteem
    • Persistent sadness and irritability
    • Loss interest in activities
    • Extreme mood changes
    • Unable to adjust to the role of motherhood
    • Increased need to sleep or just stay in bed
consequences of pdd
Consequences of PDD
  • Symptoms can last several months up to 2 years postpartum
  • If untreated PDD can lead to:
    • Suicide
    • Divorce
    • Loss of job
    • Alienation of family
    • Delayed development in children
      • Studies show that children from mothers with PDD tested lower in cognitive abilities and were more negative in nature
    • Child Abuse or even child homicide
andrea yates
Andrea Yates
  • Utah mother of 5 (ages 9 and under), stay at home mom
  • Suffered from PDD after last child
  • Husband noticed symptoms, but did not seek therapy
  • Mrs. Yates drowned each of her children in the bathtub one at a time while husband was at work
risk factors for pdd
Risk Factors for PDD
  • Family history of mood disorders
  • Anxiety and depression during pregnancy
  • Previous PDD
  • Child care difficulties (feeding, sleeping health)
  • Marital conflict
  • Stressful life events
  • Poor social support
treatment of ppd
Treatment of PPD
  • Therapy
    • Don’t just think that it is “normal” to have these feelings
    • Don’t think that you’re a bad mother for feeling this way
    • Use coping mechanisms to control the stress of new parenthood
    • Talk to someone: spouse, friend, parent, doctor, etc.
  • Medication to improve hormonal balance
  • Support Groups
  • Why do moms and dads get stressed when they become new parents? List at least 5 reasons. What can parents do to cope with the stress?
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