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DEPRESSION CAN BE A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR NEW MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN

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Having a baby can be one of the happiest and most important events in a woman’s life. While life with a new baby can be thrilling and rewarding, it also can be hard and stressful at times. No matter how many classes they attend and books they read, most women are unprepared for the emotional, physical and mental demands that they will experience as a new mother. An estimated 60-80 % will experience either Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression, PPD.

Postpartum Depression can have a negative impact on:

  • Conflicts with Partner
  • Child’s temperament
  • Child’s cognitive development
  • Mother-child bonding

Benefits of Treating Postpartum Depression

  • Happier mom means happier baby
  • Greater bonding with your newborn
  • Better physical health
  • Improved communication
  • Restored relationship intimacy

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BABY BLUES SYMPTOMS AND POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

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The Baby Blues

A mild depression is common to many new mothers (an estimated 60-80 percent), and usually occurs immediately after birth. This condition is characterized by sudden mood swings that range from euphoria to intense sadness. It can last for only a few hours or as long as one to two weeks after delivery. Often, medical attention is not necessary.

Postpartum Depression 

Women who experience the Baby Blues are at an increased risk of developing Postpartum Depression. An estimated 10-20% of new moms will experience a more severe form of depression–known as Postpartum Depression – that can interfere with daily life. The condition is characterized by more intense feelings of sadness, despair, anxiety and irritability. The symptoms are longer lasting and may occur anytime within the first year.

Postpartum Depression and its treatment options can better be understood through recent publications and studies shared below:

Postpartum Depression is an episode of Major Depressive Disorder after the birth of a baby. The symptoms are similar, please see the information on MDD. Traditional antidepressant medications have several side effects that can complicate treatment for new mothers. Nursing mother’s are often dissuaded from continuing to breastfeed if they are suffering from Postpartum Depression in order to treat their depression with drugs. However, there are many treatment options including TMS and other neurotherapies that are nonsystemic and therefore don’t impact the child.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression please contact us. There is hope and there is help.