Recognize Postpartum Depression


IN OUR HEALTHIER ME THIS MORNING … POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION MADE ITS WAY INTO THE SPOTLIGHT RECENTLY. HALEY HERNANDEZ TELLS US ABOUT THE FAMOUS ACTRESS THAT’S BATTLING THE CONDITION AND HOW TO RECOGNIZE SYMPTOMS. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT, CELEBRITY STAR HAYDEN PANETTIERE’S REPRESENTATIVE SAID SHE IS, “VOLUNTARILY SEEKING PROFESSIONAL HELP AT A TREATMENT CENTER AS SHE IS CURRENTLY BATTLING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION…” THE ACTRESS HAS ALREADY BEEN VERY PUBLIC ABOUT HER DEPRESSION SINCE HER FIRST BORN LAST YEAR. THAT POSTPARTUM SPECTRUM OF SYMPTOMS FROM ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND PSYCHOSIS IS WHAT DR. PURYEAR SAYS MIGHT BE PREVENTING WOMEN FROM GETTING TREATMENT. “I THINK THERE’S SOME CONFUSION BETWEEN POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND WHAT’S CALLED POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS. OFTEN WOMEN WILL HEAR VOICES, HEAR SOMEONE SPEAKING TO THEM THAT’S NOT THERE, HEARING COMMANDS ABOUT HURTING THEIR BABY. THAT’S NOT POSPARTUM DEPRESSION. POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION LOOKS LIKE OTHER DEPRESSION EPISODES FOR A LOT OF WOMEN THEY DO TALK ABOUT A DISCONNECT FROM THE BABY, NOT HAVING ANY INTEREST IN HOLDING OR FEEDING THE BABY BUT A LOT OF WOMEN WILL TALK ABOUT THE ONLY TIME THEY FEEL GOOD IS WHEN THEY’RE WITH THE BABY.” SHE SAYS : 50-80% OF WOMEN WHO’VE HAD POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION IN THE PAST ARE LIKELY TO HAVE IT AGAIN WOMEN WITH PAST DEPRESSION ARE AT INCREASED RISK AND FAMILY HISTORY MAY BE A RISK FACTOR IF YOU HAVE: THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE FEELINGS OF WORTHLESSNESS OR HAVE LITTLE TO NO JOY IT’S TIME TO GET HELP. “IF THE TEARFULNESS AND THE SAD MOOD IS LASTING MOST OF THE DAY AND LASTS LONGER THAN 2 WEEKS WE START THINKING THIS MAY LEAD TO POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION” PSYCHOTHERAPY AND ANTI- DEPRESSANTS ARE THE MOST COMMON TREATMENT FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, BUT SOME MEDICATIONS MAY INTERFERE WITH A MOTHER’S ABILITY TO BREAST-FEED. WITH APPROPRIATE

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