Postpartum Depression : Women Experience During And After Pregnancy

2030 Words Oct 17th, 2016 9 Pages
Jessica T. Smith
Brown Mackie College
Mental Health
October 17, 2016


Major depression is a form of postpartum depression (PPD) women experience during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy can result in a mother experiencing the most memorable time of her life either joyous or depression most commonly known as “baby blues”. If baby blues is left untreated it can result with the mother facing a more serious condition called postpartum depression disorder. This disorder can cause a mother to have suicidal thoughts that could result in harmful actions toward herself or the baby.

Do I not love my baby? Why am I not happy? What is postpartum depression? Postpartum depression (PPD) is a clinical mental disorder resulting in a mother suffering from depression following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue. As well, previous miscarriages, abortions, lack of financial support and stability. PPD must be professionally treated to resolve the underlining issue the mother is facing. Over 15% of women suffering from PPD never receive professional treatment. “According to the Centers for Disease Control 850,000 women each year are not treated for PPD. Part of the reason for lack of treatment is the fact that many physicians, including obstetricians and pediatricians, do not screen. Another part of the reason is the stigma with the use of psychiatric…

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