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Postpartum depression

21:54 - 4 May , 2021

Disease

What is Postpartum depression?

Childbirth, being an event that causes intense emotions in the mother, can produce melancholy, stress, and anxiety, generating what is known as baby blues, which lasts a few days or a couple of weeks, but when it lasts longer and the symptoms begin to increase, we are facing a major depression that can have serious consequences, known as postpartum depression.

If this depression is not properly addressed to control symptoms, it can trigger an extreme condition called postpartum psychosis.

Symptoms

  • Excessive crying for no reason.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Indecision.
  • Lack of appetite or excessive food intake.
  • Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping excessively.
  • Mood swings.
  • Moments of extreme anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Serious episodes of sadness and irritability.
  • Stress.
  • Problems bonding with the baby.
  • Isolation.
  • Extreme tiredness and weakness.
  • Apathy.
  • Irrational fears.
  • Suicide or death thoughts.

Potential risks:
Some factors have been identified that can contribute to developing postpartum depression, such as:

  • Previous postpartum depression.
  • Family members who have had depression.
  • If the baby was born with diseases or congenital defects.
  • Multiple births.
  • Depressive history.
  • Bipolarity.
  • Unwanted pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding difficulties.
  • Bad couple relationship.
  • Economic struggles.

Diagnosis and treatment

Tell your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described, explain how you feel and what ideas and emotions affect you the most. Don’t let something common like postpartum depression turn into psychosis and put your and your baby’s health at risk.

Once your doctor has listened to you, they will give you a depression questionnaire and request a blood test, as well as any additional tests they deem necessary to rule out possible conditions that may be contributing to the disorder.

The treatment to follow will depend on the degree of depression, but they will surely prescribe antidepressant medications and psychotherapy sessions, so that combined they manage to control the symptoms and get over the depression faster.

At the Neurological Center, a select group of highly trained and certified doctors in the various neurological specialties are ready to assist you with the quality and warmth that characterizes us.

Nervous system specialties

  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Neuro-pathology
  • Interventional neuro-radiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuroimaging

Fuentes:

  • clevelandclinic.org
  • topdoctors.es
  • mayocilinic.org
  • medlineplus.gov
  • niddk.nih.gov
  • medigraphic.com
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