Post Partum Depression Research Paper

Post Partum Depression
A look at the possible reasons and treatment for the disorder of post partum depression, through a review of five articles on the subject.
# 103561 | 2,855 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on May 21, 2008 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper discusses postpartum depression - a severe disorder that can affect a new mother, and sets out to answer, amongst other things, who is most likely to suffer from PPD and what treatments are most effective. The author concludes that this is a very real disorder but it can be treated and although more options for treatment need to be researched, many already offer hope of beating the disorder.

Article One: Not Just a Middle-Class Affliction: Crafting a Social Work Research Agenda on Postpartum Depression
Article Two-Inpatient Treatment of Women with Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders-The Role of the Male Partners
Article Three-Decision Making for Postpartum Depression Treatment
Article Four- Patient Choice of Treatment for Postpartum Depression: A Pilot Study
Article Five- A Psychiatric Mother-Baby Day Hospital for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

From the Paper:

"The majority of research done on PPD has focused on middle class women. These women are more likely to seek treatment and less likely to suffer from PPD than lower economic classes. Many low-income and ethnic minority women go undiagnosed. PPD doesn't even have a separate category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. PPD was not discussed in great depth until high profile cases of murder shed light on the reality of PPD. Research shows that the younger the person, the more likely they are to struggle with PPD. Single mothers, lower education, mother's with previous mental disorders, and mothers of children with babies that have a difficult temperament are among the several categories that are also at higher risk (Laura S Abrams, Laura Curran, 2007). The effects of PPD can cause a mother great distress. They can have issues from their work to their marriage because of PPD. The exact cause of PPD is unknown but treatment can help. Social support is a key factor in a happy mother and baby. Feminist research has yielded different results. They argue that PPD is caused by things like the change in appearance, sexuality, sleep deprivation, and things of that nature. Despite what each group thinks related more to the causes of PPD, the fact remains that the low-income and minority mother's are not likely to seek treatment for symptoms of PPD. This is from numerous reasons like the lack of availability for mental help after pregnancy and the feeling like they can't admit they are having problems. Cultural norms may also prevent women from seeking help. They may feel as if they must be strong because of being a minority. Others may fear having their children taken away from them. More research needs to be done to see what works for all women, not just the ones with access to treatment. From once being in this group of women, I understand the barriers to seeking medical treatment for something like PPD. The problem with getting enough research on the subject is like the article said; it's not always possible to seek treatment. This article portrayed the intimate feelings of some of these women very well. The want to prove that you are a capable mother despite lack of help is right on track. This article effectively showed the lack of research done in certain ethnic or income groups. Not having access to medical care and the fear of losing your child because of PPD is a real fear that some women face. It showed how these women are more prone to PPD. The article as gave a great description of symptoms and things that put a mother at risk for developing PPD. The article was also fairly easy to read. On the negative side though, it repeated the same information over and over again in the article. It's wonderful to realize a problem with the system and how it works but let's offer a plausible solution to fix it."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Laura S Abrams, Laura Curran. (2007). Not Just a Middle-Class Affliction: Crafting a Social Work Research Agenda on Postpartum Depression. Health & Social Work, 32(4), 289-96. Retrieved March 6, 2008, from ProQuest Psychology Journals database. (Document ID: 1423950471).
  • M. Grube (2005). Inpatient treatment of women with postpartum psychiatric disorders - the role of the male partners. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 8(3), 163-70. Retrieved March 6, 2008, from ProQuest Psychology Journals database. (Document ID: 892357211).
  • Dorothy K Y Sit, Katherine L Wisner. (2005). Decision Making for Postpartum Depression Treatment. Psychiatric Annals, 35(7), 577-585. Retrieved March 6, 2008, from ProQuest Psychology Journals database. (Document ID: 871102251).
  • T. B. PearlsteinC. ZlotnickC. L. BattleS. StuartM. W. O'HaraA. B. PriceM. A. GrauseM. Howard (2006). Patient choice of treatment for postpartum depression: a pilot study. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 9(6), 303-8. Retrieved March 6, 2008, from ProQuest Psychology Journals database. (Document ID: 1164099311).
  • M. Howard, C. L. Battle, T. Pearlstein, K. Rosene-Montella. (2006). A psychiatric mother-baby day hospital for pregnant and postpartum women. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 9(4), 213-8. Retrieved March 6, 2008, from ProQuest Psychology Journals database. (Document ID: 1069651761).

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