Postpartum Depression Informative Speech

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The joys of a new baby are numerous for couples, it’s an addition to your family, a new person to love; but a new child also means new responsibilities, a new found source of stress and in some cases depression for the new moms. The particular type of depression I’m referring to is known as postpartum depression. When moms give birth to their babies, their body limits the release of certain hormones, and can cause the new moms to feel sluggish, tired and even depressed. The depression is common for most women, and last for around two weeks, typically starting around the second, or third day after the birth of their baby. This is whats known as the “postpartum baby blues” but those that last longer and are more severe are what 's referred …show more content…
When women are pregnant they go through a huge influx of hormones; these cocktails of hormones are what helps the soon to be mother grow her baby to be healthy and properly develop. These hormones leave, once their jobs are finished, i.e. the baby is born and are lowered down, this drastic change from an abundance of hormones, to now a low amount is the main culprit for the depressive moods of the new mothers. The change in hormonal levels cause the moms to feel sluggish, tired and sometimes depressed. This depression ranges in levels of intensity. The lowest level being referred to as “postpartum baby blues”. It 's quite common,and in most cases, last no more than a couple days to two weeks. The most intense version is called “postpartum psychosis” and is very uncommon, and “affects about only 0.2% of women, about two in one thousand” according to Postpartum Depression Cause and Consequence by Michael W. O 'Hara, Ph.D from the department of Psychology in The University of Iowa, and the main cause for this can differ from the mom already having psychological problems to her environment/ development. The purpose of this research paper is to talk about the middle. Postpartum depression is the one more likely to cause problems for most women as it is, more intense than postpartum baby blues and, more common than postpartum psychosis. According to a research article from Brown University “...postpartum depression, …show more content…
According to the American Psychological Association “About one in seven women experience postpartum depression, and over half of those diagnosed with postpartum depression report it as being their first episode with depression.” meaning even a healthy woman who 's never had an encounter with depression, can still get postpartum depression, and that 's ok. It’s not the end of the world and it 's something that can be treated. given that one goes out to seek treatment. Postpartum depression shouldn’t be the end of the world for those afflicted, it should be the start of a new chapter with you and your baby. Depression is serious even if it’s mild, it is a mental illness but like all illnesses it can be treated and it can be cured. Most women are too embarrassed to seek treatment, and that’s the worst thing you can do with a mental illness like depression, nothing. Seeking treatment doesn’t mean you’re weak, if anything it means you’re strong enough to seek help and better

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