All Posts Tagged: signs of postpartum depression

5 Common Myths About Postpartum Depression

Pregnant woman, bellyPostpartum depression (PPD) attacks thousands of women each year, it affects almost 30% of new mothers in America and Mexico alone[1] making it one of the most common post pregnancy complications. The lack of knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of PPD has created powerful myths that impact the lives of many families during one of what should be the happiest moment in a woman’s life. In an effort to raise awareness of an often underrated illness, here are five false myths surrounding postpartum depression.

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Postpartum Depression What, When, Why, and How

postpartum depression and tms therapyAfter giving birth, many women can start experiencing depression symptoms.  In many of these cases this sensation – also called ‘baby blues’ – is temporary and mainly due to the many changes a woman experiences during pregnancy and delivery. In some cases; however, postpartum depression could be the underlying cause.

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Parenting and Depression

parenting and depression

A recent article with CNN Health highlighted some of the many obstacles parents suffering from depression have to endure;  child meltdowns, crazy schedules, anxiety and exhaustion. Many parents are ‘used to’ the stress that comes with raising little ones and fail to identify the red flags of depression that pop up along the way.  Their everyday stress starts well before the kids leave for school and well after they go to bed.    Constant running around, homework, sibling fighting, nagging, screaming, pleading, quick meal planning and bedtime chaos – a typical day for parents – with kids finally asleep and leaving parents with  t no energy to take care of themselves. Soon enough they are engulfed in a cycle of parenting causing anxiety, which causes anxiety affecting their parenting skills.

 

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When It Comes To Depression, Men and Women Experience It Differently

Men and women experience depression differentlyAlthough women are twice as likely as men to have depression, men are four times more likely to commit suicide. These statistics barely give you a glimpse of the complexity of depression depending on gender.

Depression through the eyes of men

Depression in men is harder to diagnose since they tend to mask them by overworking or other vices, such as alcohol, drugs, or smoking. Since men have greater problems expressing their emotions, their underlying depression often goes untreated for long periods of time with serious consequences such as a steep suicide rate.

The physical symptoms that often accompany depression are usually the most prominent signs that something is wrong. Men show an increase in fatigue, irritability, and anger, but these symptoms are often disregarded as simply ‘a bad day at work’.  This mentality makes it even harder to properly diagnose depression.. Psychologists, physicians, and loved ones should be on the lookout for the early signs of depression and hidden feelings or symptoms of depression.

 

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Antidepressants and pregnancy: What to do now

Pregnancy causes all kinds of psychological and physical changes [1] in women and it also exposes both mother and fetus to numerous risks. Postpartum depression is the most common complication, affecting 10 to 15% of new mothers. If left untreated, it can negatively impact an infant’s mental and physical development. Treating Postpartum Depression can be tricky; mothers have been hesitant about taking antidepressants out of concerns how it will affect the baby. TMS Therapy has shown promising results in treating depressed mothers; however, antidepressants are still being used by the majority.

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