Postpartum Depression- Effects and Longevity

Postpartum Depression- Effects and Longevity

Although, it is common to experience tearful, low energy spells just a few weeks after childbirth, in few women, it was found that these symptoms were more severe. This indicated that there is a problem of postpartum depression in these women. The initial depression period usually lasts up to six weeks max, but it is unlikely that it will subside on its own. Doctors play an important role at this stage. They should be prompt in responding appropriately to stop this depression without affecting the care of the baby.

Researchers conducted a study on why this postpartum depression had a profound effect on some women. They also wanted to find out the flaws in the existing studies. Although, all these follow up studies went on to show the same thing that symptoms of postpartum depression receded over time, it never went below the unsafe limit for almost all cases. The research also showed that a whopping 38% of women who experienced postpartum depression also suffered from chronic depression. Further research showed that these symptoms lasted up to three years in women who did not take up clinical treatment.

Now that there is a mention about chronic depression, how long does that last? What are its symptoms? Research shows that people with chronic postpartum depression were experiencing an extended condition, which they already had and they were not experiencing any new or added symptoms. The biggest reasons for getting this chronic depression are poor partner relationships, stress, and pre-existing depressions. Sexual abuse also played a major role in this chronic depression.

A less consistent study showed that women with poor financial background suffered a higher risk of getting chronic postpartum depression. The same study also revealed that women from minority backgrounds also experienced similar problems of chronic depression. However, to confirm again, this observation has been made only from inconsistent study, and this need not be necessarily true. Strangely, however, the child’s illness did not seem to affect the parent’s depression.

Scientists and doctors alike, feel that longer and extensive studies can lead to better and conclusive results and all these data provided are not universal. This write up emphasizes the need for the doctor to be careful in examining for symptoms of the depression and taking remedial measure as soon as possible because depressed mothers can cause a punctured relationship between mother and child. This does not sound good, does it? Therefore, it is not only important that doctors know, it is equally important that mothers are completely aware of this postpartum depression too.

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