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The paper relates the symptoms and causes of postpartum depression and looks at its effect on the newborn. The paper discusses treatment for postpartum depression but notes that women are often ashamed or embarrassed to admit they are suffering from this disorder. The paper also discusses the role of optimism and family support in preventing and managing postpartum depression.
From the Paper:"What are the symptoms of postpartum depression? They can vary, and many of them are the same as regular depression. The new mother may feel tired due to lack of sleep and new, disrupted sleeping patterns. She may cry, become moody, lose her appetite, feel scared, sad, or overwhelmed. All of these things are normal, and represent the "baby blues" that so many young mothers feel after they give birth. However, postpartum depression adds feelings of disinterest in the baby, and the mother may have thoughts of harming herself and/or the baby (Editors). If these feelings occur, the mother is probably suffering from postpartum depression, and she should seek treatment immediately."
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Editors. (2008). Depression during and after pregnancy. Retrieved 8 Dec. 2008 from the Women's Health.gov Web site: http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/depression-pregnancy.cfm#a.
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Cite this Term Paper:
Postpartum Depression (2010, October 26) Retrieved February 07, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/postpartum-depression-145123/
"Postpartum Depression" 26 October 2010. Web. 07 February. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/postpartum-depression-145123/>