Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Postpartum Depression

From FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, Today, 26-Mar-2008 edition


Postpartum Depression

By Dr Bill Maier


How can a new mother tell if she’s struggling with

postpartum depression? That’s an important question

because well over half of all new Mums struggle with

some form of depression after giving birth. Most are simply

experiencing the “baby blues,” which is a slight emotional

slump that lasts for a week or so.


But some cases are more serious, and about one in 10 new

Mums experience postpartum depression. This not only is

a lot more serious and lasts longer, but can have a profound

effect on how the mother cares for her baby.


In situations like that, the mother needs to see a doctor for

treatment. In very rare cases, mothers may experience

what we call postpartum psychosis.


The key is learning to recognise depression when it sets in,

and not to be embarrassed about it.


I encourage new Dads to watch their wives for any signs of

depression and to quickly seek help if they suspect a problem.

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