This is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding women who are experiencing depression and anxiety. This is the reason why I have decided to summarize the current literature on different treatment options, methods and techniques that have been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of depression....
When you ask a woman who has Postpartum Depression what her pregnancy was like, she is likely to tell you that she wasn’t doing too well back then but that when she sought help, she was just reassured that everything was “normal”.
When you carefully review...
I am pleased and honoured to take part in this evening talk for new dads. I have collaborated with the Pacific Postpartum Support Society for many years, which has been both my pleasure and privilege. If you are interested in attending the talk, please R.S.V.P....
Elly was completely shocked when she developed Postpartum Depression following the birth of her first baby. Her pregnancy was planned and uneventful and labor and birth were natural and without complications. But a few weeks after the birth, with ongoing sleep deprivation, a colicky baby and lack of help and support, Elly started feeling down, unmotivated, anxious and hopeless.
When one evening she burst into tears and told her husband Peter that she couldn't cope anymore, he urged her to see a therapist.
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a serious , debilitating disorder , with onset at the most inopportune time; within the first year following the birth of a baby. Not that there ever is a good time to have depression. But when someone has just had a baby, everyone's expectation is that they would feel joy and fulfillment, rather than deep sadness and hopelessness. As well, the energy and dedication that a baby requires are enormous; two things that mothers who are struggling with depression are likely to be very low on.
I'm supposed to be happy but I'm feeling down all the time.
James and Sandy were excited about having their first baby. They had been married for 4 years and have been feeling happy together. Their financial situation was good. They both held permanent positions with big hi- tech companies.
In my previous blog I discussed the common and benign phenomenon of Postpartum Blues, which affects up to 80% of new mothers and does not require any special intervention other than some TLC. But what if low mood, weepiness, irritability, being overwhelmed and feeling lack of joy or hopelessness persists?
Postpartum Depression: A serious, debilitating disorder
Marilee was happy and relieved when her son, Sean, was born. Nine months of pregnancy and a couple of years of trying to get pregnant prior to that have been a long time for her to wait. But now, she was holding little Sean in her arms, admiring his perfect little body, kissing his little forehead and cheeks and feeling like that most blessed woman on earth. However, on the second day following the birth Marilee found herself upset for no apparent reason. She found it hard to hold her tears back when a nurse said something to her about her not holding her baby in the right position. She was later extremely upset at her husband Dave for showing up 15 minutes later than he said he was going to be. At night, she could not fall asleep even when the baby was asleep as she was going over labor and birth in her mind, feeling disappointed and upset at times and feeling thankful at others. Marilee was not sure what was going on and was wondering if she had developed Postpartum Depression.
Postpartum Blues: A benign and transient condition