PostPartum Depression & Anxiety
By Shaila Misri, M.D.
Postpartum Depression affects 10-28% of new mothers. It can begin days, weeks, or months after delivery. Symptoms may include:
Research is ongoing into the causes of Postpartum Depression. Contributing factors may be physiological, sociological, psychological, and genetic.
Treatment for Postpartum Depression can be as varied as the symptoms. Common approaches include:
The duration of a Postpartum depression will depend upon how quickly the condition was recognized and treatment given, but full recovery can be expected.
PostPartum Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Postpartum Depression With Anxiety/Panic Disorder can be very disturbing. In addition to having symptoms of Postpartum depression, the new mother may experience:
Shaila Misri, MD, FRCP(C) describes Panic Attack as follows:
A discreet episode of intense fear reaching it's peak intensity within 10 minutes from onset. Often associated with or accompanied by feelings of impending doom.
At least 4 of the following 14 symptoms are present during an attack:
Although the panic attacks are discrete episodes, the individual may develop varying degrees of nervousness and apprehension between attacks characterized by tension, agitation, vigilance and scanning.
NOTE: A SINGLE PANIC ATTACK DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A DISORDER
Postpartum psychosis is very rare occurring in approximately one in one thousand new mothers. It is an obvious disorder that requires immediate hospitalization. Symptoms include:
With immediate treatment, psychotic episodes usually cease in about 8-9 weeks.
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