Effects of Postpartum Depression on the Baby

>Let’s for a moment talk about the
implications for the baby as well. And want you to walk through this and give
us some of your experiences in some of these these implications as well. First
of all it can interfere with the mother child bonding you can absolutely see
that because there is a there is a feeling from the mother it’s maybe not
jealousy, but it’s it’s almost as if why am I here look what you’ve put me into
here. It becomes anger right absolutely and there there’s resentment they they
they have negative feelings of resentment towards the baby and on the
other hand they can also feel like the baby is rejecting them. So yes.>Major
depressive disorder if left untreated. What’s been some of your reactions and
some of your your personal interactions with with patients about that.
>Interesting Ed. You know as the patient in the video Jenelle, you know, alluded to
as it’s that if left untreated it can get out of control and it can be a
bigger problem to manage and treat down the road. So she was correct in seeking
help. Behavioral problems temper tantrums hyperactivity when a patient comes in to
see you I would imagine that right from the first get go you’re sensitive to
these, because, these are things that that you really don’t normally see in a
doctor’s office. So they’ve got to be things that you’re able to look for and
see it happening. Yes?>Exactly. You… you… have an eye for this stuff now, because
okay why is this happening what is the background cause, if any, of what’s going
on and you have to be prepared to to see it and act upon it.>All right. So you have
a patient in the office and one you’re going to talk to here today you have a
mother who is having trouble bonding with her child because of postpartum
depression. What do you recommend?>At that point Ed I would speak to the patient ask
her some specific questions does she have help, who’s around, how does her
husband feel, how does she feel that they’re if they’re helping her, are they
not helping her, and just try and delve in a little bit deeper to see exactly
the extent of what’s going on and if it’s something emergent then we need to
act upon it right away. Otherwise you know we
with counseling we start with therapies family therapy and proceed from that.

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