Postpartum Depression and Psychosis Research Paper by Master Researcher

Postpartum Depression and Psychosis
An analysis of the causes and treatments of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.
# 34399 | 3,650 words | 7 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 23, 2003 in Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments associated with postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. The paper notes the distinctions between postpartum depression, which is not uncommon, and postpartum psychosis, which is a much more serious condition, and offers a Christian and medical perspective on treatment of these conditions. The paper emphasizes that although it may be hard to talk about, if a new mother thinks she may have PPD or PPP, it's important for her to be honest about her feelings and thoughts and discuss them openly with her doctor, her family, her mother, or her pastor.

From the Paper:

"A diagnosis of PPD based upon DSM-IV (1994) criteria generally requires at least five of the post-partum depression symptoms to be present over a two-week period, with one of the symptoms being a depressed mood or deteriorating interest or pleasure in all activities. In order to diagnose PPD, the new mother's physician should identify symptoms such as difficulty concentrating or making decisions, poor personal hygiene, frequent episodes
of forgetfulness or fatigue, and changes in appetite or sleep. He should also look for feelings of anger, fear of rejection by her partner, feelings of worthlessness or guilt focusing on potential failure at motherhood; excessive anxiety, frequently focusing on the child's health; fantasizing about running away from all responsibilities, and a fear of being alone with or harming the baby or herself."

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