Postpartum Depression Research Paper

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Postpartum Depression The following paper seeks to answer the following questions. What is postpartum depression? How is it diagnosed? What are the signs and symptoms? What are the risk factors? How is it treated? What are the responses to treatment? Postpartum depression dates back as far as Hippocrates in 400 BC. Hippocrates described postpartum depression as a “fever” manifesting as agitation and delirium. Before the 19th Century, women were called nervous or too sensitive, doctors often blaming hormones for deviant behavior. Healthcare providers started diagnosing postpartum depression in the 19th century recognizing…show more content…
There are many tools available to healthcare providers to use in evaluating postpartum depression. One tool commonly used is the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The Edinburgh assessment is quick and easy to use. A woman answers ten easy questions and most individuals are able to complete the assessment in minutes. Other frequently used assessment tools include the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale and the Patient Health Questionnaire. Assessment tools along with clinical questions are used in conjunction to properly diagnose postpartum depression. After a diagnosis has been made then treatment must begin immediately for the health and wellbeing of the mother, child and overall family. Thanks to recent discussion and attention brought to this serious mental health issue there are many helpful alternatives for women with postpartum depression. There are numerous websites and support groups to assist women in coping this with this serious disorder. Treatment options include psychotherapy and pharmacological…show more content…
Due to the exhausting demands of a baby, women can develop postpartum depression very rapidly. Many women that experience postpartum depression will go without being treated or diagnosed. This may be because women will feel ashamed or embarrassed by their physician, friends, or family, they are in denial about their illness, not wanting to ask anyone for help, or they are just unable to seek a physician due to their financial status or other reasons. These reasons can add even more stress to the already depressed mother (Whiteman,

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