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Post-Partum Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Samara Sullivan

on 8 February 2013

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Post-Partum depression Post-partum depression and seasonal
affective disorder by Samara Sullivan Post-Partum Depression may look like the “Baby Blues” at first.
Mood Swings
Trouble sleeping After the birth of a baby,
many emotions are
triggered. They range from
joy to fear, and excitement
to anxiety. However, depression
can also appear.
Many moms experience the
“Baby Blues” after childbirth,
which includes weepiness and
mood swings, but they soon fade.
Some mothers experience
long-lasting depression, called
Post-Partum Depression. However, Post-Partum lasts longer, and has multiple systems on top of the ones listed. They include:
Loss of appetite
Intense irritability and anger
Overwhelming fatigue
Loss of interest in sex
Lack of joy in life
Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
Severe mood swings
Difficulty bonding with your baby
Withdrawal from family and friends
Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby Many things can cause
Post-Partum depression
after the birth of a baby.
They include:
Physical: A dramatic drop in hormones
happens after childbirth, which may leave
the mother feeling tired, sluggish, and
Emotional: Young mothers are sleep deprived and
usually overwhelmed. They could feel anxious
about caring for their newborn, less attractive
resulting in a loss of identity, or even feel like
they’ve lost control over their lives.
Lifestyle: The baby alone brings on changes in the
everyday routine, but any difficulties with caring for
the baby or any other outside factors (such as financial problems or lack of support from others) can be extremely overwhelming. Causes Hormone therapy, counseling, and antidepressants
are all recommended for recovery.
The sooner the patient is
diagnosed, the sooner she
can heal.
Treatments Approximately 10-15% of
women suffer from Post-Partum
Mood Disorders, including
Post-Partum Depression.
This does not include undiagnosed cases.
This means that approximately 1.3 million women
suffer from this depression a year.
That’s more than the amount of people
who have a stroke, or even sprain their ankle each
Celebrities that have had or do have
this disorder:
Brooke Shields
Courteney Cox
Gwyneth Paltrow
Princess Diana
Bryce Dallas Statistics Seasonal Affective Disorder This disorder entails
a type of depression
which occurs around
the same time each
Most people who suffer
from this have
symptoms which start
in the fall and
continue through the
winter months. Seasonal Affective disorder The specific cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder is unknown. However, we can guess that genetics, age, and the body’s chemical makeup play a role. Specific example include:
Circadian Rhythm: Reduced levels of sunlight in fall and winter could through off the body’s internal clock, which will mess up its acknowledgement of whether it should be asleep or awake
Melatonin & Serotonin Levels: A drop in either of these hormones can cause moodiness (serotonin controls mood) and/or drowsiness (melatonin controls sleep patterns and mood). Causes Treatment includes light
therapy, antidepressants,
and/or psychotherapy
The Mayo Clinic website is
very useful in information
on this disorder, as well as
how to treat it.
Treatments http://www.mayoclinic.com/
http://www.postpartumprogress.com/postpartum-de-2 Works cited The Mayo Clinic website is very
useful in information on this
disorder, as well as how to treat it.
Local centers in Denton, Texas include:
Mayhill Hospital
Local Psychologists (look on Psychology.com) Resources and Help Centers For Both Disorders Studies show
that women are
more affected by
SAD than men.
Approximately 10 million people
In the United States suffer from SAD.
The colder the winters
of where person lives, the more likely
he or she are to get SAD. For example,
one in ten Minnesotans are affected.
People and even animals are affected, so many celebrities have been affected by this specific depression Statistics Spring-Summer:
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Weight loss
Poor appetite Symptoms vary depending on the time of year that the depression is present.
Loss of energy
Heavy, "leaden" feeling
in the arms or legs
Social withdrawal
Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
Weight gain
Difficulty concentrating Symptoms http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ColdandFlu/beat-winter-blues/story?id=17848071 Anything I missed…
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