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Post Pardom Depression

May 18, 2008
Depression is a problem that numerous individuals struggle with nowadays, but it tends to impact pregnant women and new mothers in a very specific and cruel way. The change in a woman's life and body associated with the birth of a child often results in a exceptionally alarming form of depression , referred to as postpartum depression.

Physically, when a woman becomes pregnant, her body undergoes enormous changes in shape and mass. Moreover, an assortment of hormones come into play that up to this point have stayed dormant. Inexplicable mood swings and bouts of depression are regularly reported amongst pregnant women and women who have just given birth, while, equally inexplicably, other women remain wholly unaffected. Dramatic and repeated shifts in mood though, from extreme highs to extreme lows, can occur with little warning or explanation, though it is hardly surprising really, when one recognizes what the body has been going through, along with the tremendous mental burden allied with the woman's new role as a mum.

It is impossible to foresee exactly who will be affected by Postpartum depression. It can happen to the most skilled, perceptive and affectionate mother. Even women who have not experienced it with their first child may find that they are stunned by a dramatic onset of depression and anxiety after the birth of the second or third child. Postpartum depression is a highly unstable manner of depressive illness, but it is important to acknowledge it quickly when it does occur so that it can be dealt with successfully.

Postpartum depression is a serious condition, but fortunately it is also a treatable one. You are best advised to look for help quickly when your partner, friend, family member or you yourself acknowledge the signs. This can lessen the risk of the further development of the illness and its harmful consequences.

For many women, admitting that there is a problem is testing and quite frequently embarrassing. While in most Western countries modern families have numerous choices as to how and who raises the children, there still persists an unshakable belief that all the skills linked with motherhood have been hotwired into women's brain, and thus should surface naturally. This is hardly ever how new mothers experience birth and the first stages of motherhood, but it can still be difficult for new mums to overcome the stigma they associate with their perceived helplessness and confusion after birth.

The essential thing for new mothers to recognize, if they do feel depressed, suicidal or even homicidal, is that they are not going mental but are going through experiences that are exceedingly common to women in their situation. Partners and parents should go out of their way to help such women to accept such negative feelings when they arise, so that they might be put in perspective.

Mood swings, even extreme mood swings, in pregnant women or young mothers are nothing to be ashamed of, but if left undiagnosed and untreated, they can lead to undesirable and destructive behaviour. Accepting that there is a problem is where the healing of Postpartum depression begins.
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