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Title: Women's Health Australia


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Women's Health Australia
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Post Natal Depression (PND) ?
  • Post Natal depression (PND) is an acute
    depressive illness which can occur in the period
    between one and twelve months following the birth
    of a baby. It is estimated that around 16 of
    mothers can be affected. Post Natal Depression is
    often described as being mild, moderate or severe.

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Differentiate between the blues, Post Partum
Psychosis and PND
  • The Blues is a common variation of mood which
    occurs between three and ten days after birth.
    Around 80 of new mothers will experience the
    blues early in their post natal period. This
    condition is due to fluctuating hormone levels
    and once these have stabilized, the mothers mood
    improves.

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Symptoms of the Baby Blues
  • - Crying on and off
  • - Feeling fine one minute and sad the next
  • - Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope
  • - Feelings of extreme emotional sensitivity

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Symptoms of Post Partum Psychosis
  • - Confusion, memory loss and thought disturbance
  • - Feeling overwhelmed and scared
  • - Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • - A sense of paranoia
  • - Disconnection from reality, including the baby

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Treatment for Post Partum Psychosis
  • - Admission to a specialist psychiatric
    hospital for observation and monitoring
  • - Anti-psychotic medication
  • - Occasionally Electro Convulsant Therapy (ECT)
    or shock therapy is recommended

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Symptoms of Post Natal Depression
  • - Overwhelming fatigue, despite obtaining
    adequate sleep.
  • - Waking very early in the morning and being
    unable to drop back off to sleep.
  • - Low energy levels, poor motivation and lack of
    interest in socializing
  • - Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with own
    or the babys cares.
  • - Anxiety often in anticipation of the baby
    waking and needing to be attended to.
  • - Appetite changes including comfort eating or
    loss of interest in eating. Loss of weight or
    sudden weight gain.
  • - Forgetfulness, confusion and mental fog.
  • - Panic attacks and feeling overwhelmed by fear.
  • - Thoughts of death, suicide, self harm, hurting
    the baby or wanting to end it all.

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What is the Treatment?
  • Treatment options vary according to the
    severity of symptoms and the individual woman. If
    a woman has previously had a depressive illness
    and a particular supportive therapy was found to
    be useful, it is likely this will be trialled
    again.

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