Re: [IP] PPD
--- On Thu 08/21, < email @ redacted > wrote:
From: [mailto: email @ redacted]To: email @ redacted: Thu, 21
Aug 2003 20:25:04 +0000Subject: Re: [IP] PPDI wanted to interject about PPD,
despite being a male. :-)Too often PPD is used when in reality one is
experiencing what is commonly known as "baby blues". MOST women experience a
degree if baby blues, but oftencall it post partum depression.
Ryan is right as far as the description. The reason for the confusion is the
name. The *baby blues* is clinically known as postpartum blues and that is why
we all get tangled up with PPD.
Here is the explanation:
Having a baby is a joyous time for most women. After childbirth, though, many
mothers feel sad, afraid, angry or anxious. Most new mothers have these feelings
in a mild form called postpartum blues. Sometimes these feelings are called
"baby blues." Postpartum blues almost always go away in a few days.
About 10 percent of new mothers have a greater problem called postpartum
depression. Postpartum depression lasts longer and is more intense. It often
requires counseling and treatment. Postpartum depression can occur after any
birth, not just the first.
Baby BluesMany new mothers are surprised at how weak, alone and upset they feel
after giving birth. Their feelings don't seem to match the feelings they thought
they would have. They wonder, "What have I got to be depressed about?"
In fact, about 70 percent to 80 percent of women have baby blues after
childbirth. About two to three days after birth, they begin to feel depressed,
anxious and upset. For no clear reason, they may feel angry with the new baby,
their partners or their other children.
These feelings may come and go in the first few days after childbirth.
Postpartum DepressionWomen with postpartum depression have such strong feelings
of sadness, anxiety or despair that they have trouble coping with their daily
tasks. Without treatment, postpartum depression may become worse or may last
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