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A review on postpartum depression

(2016) A review on postpartum depression. Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences.


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Over 80 percent of women experience grief in the first days after childbirth. In this form of depression, mothers may feel joy at a moment and then feel sorrow. They may feel sad, angry, grief or tired. Such feelings usually last only a few days; however, it may continue until a week or two. Such emotional waves are considered as a natural effect of hormonal changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. The increased levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy suddenly drop after childbirth and this can affect the mother's mood. The level of these female hormones will be balanced during a week or more. As the hormone level returns to the balanced level, these feelings will spontaneously disappear without medical treatment. A mother who feels she is rejected, life is not worth living, or she thinks about suicide should immediately be visited by a doctor. Postpartum depression may last for several months or even more. With proper care, the patient can return to her normal life. In such a case, treatment may include visiting a counselor, meditation, or both. In addition, proper diet, exercise, rest and social support can be very helpful. The objective of this study is to review the postpartum depression.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: cited By 0
Keywords: antidepressant agent; estrogen; progesterone; thyroid hormone, anxiety; Article; Beck Depression Inventory; childbirth; clinical feature; cognitive therapy; counseling; disease severity; dysthymia; Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale; emotionality; exercise; follow up; Hamilton Depression Rating Scale; hormone release; hospitalization; human; menstruation; neurosis; nutritional assessment; onset age; puerperal depression; risk assessment; risk factor; sadness; symptomatology
Subjects: WM Psychiatry > WM 140-197 Mental Disorders. Behavioral Symptoms
Divisions: Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Student Research Committee
Depositing User: هدی فهیم پور

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