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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression affects many women and occurs after giving birth. A woman may develop post partum depression up to one year after their baby is born. It is a result of the change in hormones in the mother's body. Research shows that women experience a major decrease in estrogen and progesterone with twenty-four hours after having a baby. Some other factors that may cause postpartum depression include sleep deprivation, stress from added responsibility, and a loss of identity and control. There are many symptoms associated with postpartum depression, both physical and mental. Some of the physical effects are headaches, chest pain, insomnia, lack of energy and hyperventilation. The mental symptoms are indecisiveness, feeling worthless, feeling sad, extreme crying and retreating into seclusion.

Postpartum depression is a serious problem that should be treated by a medical professional. There are many treatments options available to women suffering from this condition. Some women are prescribed ant-depressants to help them, while other women opt for non medical treatment. There are also support groups as well as individual therapy to help cope with postpartum depression. You should speak with your physician to decide the best course of action for you. Other treatments that a woman can do own her own are to get more rest, ask and allow others to help, spend time with loved ones and talk with them about you feelings. It is also necessary to try and get some alone time, when possible.

Many women suffer from postpartum depression and there is no reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed. If you think that you might be suffering speak to your health care provider and seek help. Treatment will lead to a healthier and happier life for you and your family.