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Postpartum depression: More than just the case of the baby blues

Although Postpartum is not well spoken of, it is very common amomg women diring childbearing years.
Although Postpartum is not well spoken of, it is very common amomg women diring childbearing years.
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On June 20, 2001, Andrea Yates did the one thing that mothers may feel is the most unforgiving thing to. Andrea drowned her children. Some say that she was psychotic while some may say that she was mentally disturbed. What Andrea was experiencing is called Postpartum Depression. Postpartum Depression is a form of clinical depression, which affects women after child birth. It can last from two weeks until a year, and in some cases even longer. As for the case of Andrea Yates, her postpartum depression last for five years.


Symptoms


Symptoms of postpartum depression include the following: sadness, unstable moods, insomnia, and frequent episodes of crying. The extreme symptoms of postpartum depression are suicide and homicide of the child, thoughts and actions. Usually newborn mothers that are going through postpartum and don’t realize it. They think that it is just their hormones or that they are an unfit mother.


Personal story


A new mother shared a personal story about her encounter with postpartum depression. The mother was hit with postpartum like a lightening bolt once being released from the hospital. The mother broke out in tears and could not explain why. There was great love for the baby but at the same time, feelings did occur of not wanting to deal with the baby. Whenever the baby would cry, the mother would cry and would just hold her while feeling helpless. It is a feeling difficult to describe and some may not recognize it. It wasn’t until the home health nurse came for a visit that the mother was notified what they were experiencing.


Overcoming Postpartum depression


If a person is experiencing postpartum depression, they should not keep it to themselves. Sharing thought sand feelings is the first step of overcoming it. If one does not feel comfortable with talking to family, then talking to an OB/GYN is highly recommended for a possible evaluation for anti-depressants and a referral to a mental health clinician.


For more information on postpartum depression, check out the websitehttp://www.webmd.com/depression/postpartum-depression/postpartum-depression-what-happens

you may also e-mail Brandy Flynn at bflynn78@gmail.com

Comments

  • Keshanna M. Black 4 years ago

    Thank you so much Miss Flynn for this article. When I read this article I was going through a very tough time in my life. I was told that Post partum was just women being crazy. After reading this and realizing that I could relate, I decided to seek out help. In my mind, I assumed people would think I was crazy. I am thankful for my doctor's guidance. I truly, thank God for you and this article. It saved my family but most of all me. Please if you or a loved one thinks that they may be experiencing post partum depression...please seek out help. Again Thank you and God bless!!!