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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Many call depression a disease of the 21st century.But probably few know that such a diagnosis has been raised in antiquity Hippocrates legendary, offering their own treatments.However, at the time depression was known by another name - "melancholy", and ways of getting rid of the problem is radically different from current approaches.Over the years and centuries, but today the problem of depression preserved.It is unlikely that someone might surprise term depression, many are known to this vital issue.

For some static data is information that 10% of pregnant women face the challenge of postpartum depression.Equally impressive amount may lead to some confusion.Why is it so often such a problem.After all, every woman is so important to the birth of a child - a great and long-awaited event.

But even today, scientists can not give a complete answer to this question.While there are only a few suggestions, which the importance is given hormones.During pregnancy there is a significant increase in the leve

l of female hormones (ten times), but for its delivery should be a sharp decline, only a few days recovering to normal, which was before pregnancy.Accordingly, such a situation will leave its own mark on the overall psycho-emotional state of women.Many experts bring in their work similar to menopausal and PMS state, when also a change in the level of hormones in a woman's body.

But the possible causes of depression is not really limited.In addition to changes in the appearance of the female body, there may be serious "external" factors.Psychologists are of the opinion that postpartum depression in many ways, and is the result of external changes.

Symptoms of postpartum depression

During the first days of almost every pregnant woman there is a certain mini-depression.Many new moms may recall occurring in a state of anxiety attacks, feelings, melancholy, apathy, despair, fatigue, anxiety, and other questionable emotions facing the subconscious.The reason for all that is happening are hormones, then the matter is already a woman.Many people can not overcome such phenomena, therefore forced to face depression.

Every young mother can assume that will not be able to cope with the responsibilities vested parent, especially if there is next to no support.Experience a sense of "uselessness" can in cases where the whole environment strives to take care of the woman in childbirth, not allowing her to fully express themselves.

In fact, as we can understand from this article, the topic of depression after childbirth remains fairly complex and often confusing.After all, this woman does is a mystery, often impossible to understand the thoughts that arise in their heads.How can you determine for itself - the cause is depression or just until a bad mood?

can be various signs that indicate the occurrence of the problem of postpartum depression.Consider some of these signs:

  • permanently retained a sense of anxiety, emptiness and sadness.

  • constantly changing moods, often quite abruptly and without reason.

  • problems with appetite and sleep.

  • inability of concentration.

  • Unwillingness to care for the child.

  • desire to enjoy the solitude.

  • high degree of fatigue, a feeling of weakness for the whole body.

  • regular complaints that relatives do not understand.

  • women with problems with attention and memory.

  • often a distraction and restlessness.

This list can be continued if desired, but with all of the signs, you can clearly speak of a post-natal depression.

How to deal with postpartum depression?

Many believe that over time this issue will take place independently.We can say with certainty that indeed this opinion is correct in most cases.But for some situations the emergence of postpartum depression involves certain risks for mother and child.In rare cases, but still there is a risk that postpartum depression will be the cause of psychosis in which a prerequisite for becoming a medical emergency.After a postpartum psychosis does not preclude risks desire to get rid of the child, or to commit suicide.

To avoid possible complications, requires identification and elimination of post-natal depression.Sometimes, unable to get rid of this problem by understanding loved ones, in other cases, have important support neuropsychiatrist or psychologist must help are sometimes antidepressants.If necessary, drug treatment of depression, it is important to take into account the effects of the drug, it can have the baby and for lactation.But sometimes it is impossible to consider this information, due to its absence - for ethical reasons experiments with pregnant or lactating are not met.Therefore, if at all possible, you should give up the use of drugs.

What measures are required for this from the very pregnant woman?First of all, do not blame yourself for what is bad cope with motherhood.Also, do not think to blame for what is happening close to them.It is necessary to try to understand - will pass postpartum depression only as the woman so wishes.The

at this time can help to close?Many people believe that you need help.But help may be different.If you wish to protect the woman from all the worries about the child, the situation can only worsen.What is important is balance in everything, everyone should understand their responsibilities.It is difficult to determine the precise universal instructions to get rid of depression, because each person is different, and the treatment of the emotions is a surprisingly difficult process.

How to prevent postpartum depression?

it possible to prevent the occurrence of postpartum depression.It can be argued that such an opportunity exists today because scientists were able to identify the factors, which largely depends on the emergence of depression:

  • Were previously post-partum depression?In such a case, it may cause depression and for the subsequent delivery (approximately half of the cases).
  • pregnancy was unwanted?In this case, and the child may be unwelcome, the instinct of motherhood can overcome the feeling of guilt towards the baby.
  • various problems with a spouse or family.In this case, the appearance of a new family member may further lead to feelings of impending doom.

Other risk factors also include:

  • first pregnancy.

  • depression during pregnancy directly.

  • Genetic predisposition to the emergence of depression.

  • Postnatal health problems.

  • Seasonal depression.

With these issues to be sorted out before the birth.Do not be shy to contact relatives or professionals for help.Not to be considered a serious problem for generations familiar life, because a completely new start.Of course, difficulties arise and they need to be ready, but they are fully compensated unique joyful events.

Love yourself and loved ones.It is important to bear in mind that because of your depression can be significantly degraded overall mental condition of the child.According to the results of various studies, it was determined that the children of depressed mothers often need help in adulthood.