Postpartum Anxiety Project


Alright, so I did my abnormal psych project
on postpartum anxiety. And the baseline symptoms for diagnosis are
sudden, and often bizarre fear about the mother herself or about the baby’s wellbeing. Which includes, but is not limited to sudden
panic attacks. Obsession, very similar to OCD where the mother
will continually check the baby’s safety, repeatedly, even though the situations have
not changed. Low rates of self reported happiness, and
being very uncomfortable or a lack of bonding with the baby. And thoughts of self harm, or even in very
terrible situations, harming the baby. There’s two categories of the eitiology of
postpartum anxiety. The first, and biggest and most evident one
is outside factors. Which includes how the mother- how her birthing
experience went. Past life experiences of her early life, and
possible childhood trauma. Individual’s socioeconomic status, which includes
her social and family support and home life. And the infant’s temperment. And the other factor that has been linked
is some neurobiological fctors that have been linked to the outside factors of childhood
trauma can alter the brain’s hypothalamus- pituitary adrenal axis. Which yileds a higher vulnerability to anxiety. As for treatment and care of postpartum anxiety,
there’s of course psychological intervention, which includes any sort of medication or counseling. And then the biggest one is increasing mother
baby interactions. Which is mostly done through breast feeding,
and just simple bonding time. They also suggest you cut down on stress,
and increase rest. And there are several resources for emergency
situations. Some interesting facts, the APA says that
at least one in seven women will experience some sort of postpartum anxiety or depression
on her first birth of a child. And at least one in ten, on numerous children
after that. Also there is a California law being pushed
that will require OBs to screen mothers before birth, and a few days postpartum for mental
health screenings. It would also require immediate intervention
and access to services that would help them, and their family. Thank you!

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