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Topics: Childbirth, Pregnancy, Bipolar disorder Pages: 4 (991 words) Published: February 5, 2015
Kerri-Ann Mirander
CRJ 202I
July 30, 2014
Professor McCabe

This article is about a young mother that tried to drown her newborn baby in a lake in Miramar, FL. As a mother it breaks my heart; as a counselor I understand (kind of). The mother stays that she was and is still suffering from postpartum Depression this is an illness that mothers go through after giving birth. The exact causes of postpartum depression are unknown. Changes in hormone levels during and after pregnancy may affect a woman’s mood. Many non-hormonal factors may also affect mood during this period: •Changes in your body from pregnancy and delivery

Changes in work and social relationships
Having less time and freedom for yourself
Lack of sleep
Worries about your ability to be a good mother.

Feelings of anxiety, irritation, tearfulness, and restlessness are common in the week or two after pregnancy. These feelings are often called the postpartum or "baby blues." These symptoms almost always go away soon, without the need for treatment. Postpartum depression may occur when the baby blues do not fade away or when signs of depression start 1 or more months after childbirth. The symptoms of postpartum depression are the same as the symptoms of depression that occurs at other times in life. Along with a sad or depressed mood, you may have some of the following symptoms: •Agitation or irritability

Changes in appetite
Feelings worthless or guilty
Feeling withdrawn or unconnected
Lack of pleasure or interest in most or all activities
Loss of concentration
Loss of energy
Problems doing tasks at home or work
Significant anxiety
Thoughts of death or suicide
Trouble sleeping
A mother with postpartum depression may also:
Be unable to care for herself or her baby
Be afraid to be alone with her baby
Have negative feelings toward the baby or even think about harming the baby (Although these feelings are scary, they are almost never acted on....

Simon GE, VonKorff M, Barlow W. Health care costs of primary care patients with recognized depression. Arch Gen Psychiatry.1995;52:850 6.
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