PPD, Ever heard of that word, guess you must be wondering what meaning this medical acronym is. Well, it is Post-Partum Depression.
Dr. Katherine Wisner Described Post Partum Depression as an illness that takes away a women’s ability to access joy…….right at the time she needs it most.
According to Wikipedia, ‘Depression is a state of low mood aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviours, feelings and sense of well-being’. Wikipedia further analysis depression with the following symptoms: Anxiety, Hopelessness, Worthlessness, Feeling of guilt, Irritable, Restlessness, Loss of interest, Loss of appetite, Overeating, Suicidal in nature, Insomnia, Excessive sleeping, Fatigue, Aches and pains. Depressed mood is a feature of major depressive disorder and it may also be a normal reaction to life events, a symptom of some body ailment or a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments.
One of life events that leads to depression for some mothers and even some fathers is post-partum depression. Post-partum depression also called post-natal depression is a type of clinical condition of depression, which can affect both sexes after childbirth. Its symptoms include sadness, low energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced desire for sex, crying episodes, anxiety and irritability.
Onset is usually 2weeks to 1month after delivery. It can interfere with normal maternal to infant bonding. It can adversely affect child development. Children of mothers with post-partum depression have been found to have higher rates of emotional problems, behavioural problems, psychiatric diagnoses and hyperactivity.
Its cause isn’t well understood, so factors suggested to increase the risk of post-partum depression include prenatal depression or anxiety, family history of depression, moderate to severe premenstrual symptoms, maternity blues, previous stillbirth or miscarriage, cigarette smoking, low self-esteem, childcare or less stress.
Recovery includes support group, counselling and medication.
To every mother and father to be; stay happy, worry less and avoid depression. Childbearing is a phase in life as it involves bringing to the world a life that deserves to be well nurtured. According to research, however, socio-economic factor has been a major predisposing factor to postpartum depression. Little wonder how this factor could carry such effect on both parent and offspring as its results could lead to worsened events.
Single parenting is also not an excuse for any of the affected parties to be depressed as the life and health of the child is at stake. The growth and development process of a child is very dependent on the love and care the child is shown. Depression wouldn’t allow proper mental development. Research also has it that a lot of crime committing individuals have been traced to parents with postpartum depression as is infant suicide too. Well, I would say to all prospective parents that prevention is really better than cure in this case. Help yourself, help that child and on the long run help develop a crime free environment as you say ‘No to postpartum depression.
Well, I would be stepping out on this page for this week as we close this chapter on postpartum depression. However, we would meet again next week as we go through another study on another aspect of depression.
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Worry less, be happy and run away from prolonged depression.
I would say goodbye on this and as one song writer sang a long time ago, ‘Don’t worry be happy’. Have a splendid week.