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For most women, having a baby is a very exciting, joyous, and often anxious time. But for women with postpartum, or peripartum, depression it can become very distressing and difficult. Postpartum depression is a serious, but treatable medical illness involving feelings of extreme sadness, indifference and/or anxiety, as well as changes in energy, sleep, and appetite. It carries risks for the mother and child.

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  • Feb 06, 2018
Social Interventions for Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions and is the leading cause of disease burden worldwide. Older, isolated adults who have little regular social interaction may be particularly at risk. Researchers in Canada wanted to look at whether interventions that aim to facilitate interaction and connection among individuals could reduce depression.

  • Dec 12, 2017
Online Mental Health Screenings: A Potential First Step

Several organizations provide brief online screenings for depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health conditions. More than one million people took screenings through the Mental Health America site alone in 2016.

  • Nov 30, 2017
Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Linked to Changes in Medication Use Among People with Serious Mental Illness

People with serious mental illness exposed to direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of medications are more likely to stop taking their medications than those not exposed to the advertising, according to new research published in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

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OCTOBER 8, 2018

Dr. Kevin Most: Pregnancy health issues – Miscarriage, Diabetes

WGN Radio

Another condition that is rarely discussed but somewhat common is depression during pregnancy or peripartum depression. This is a condition that occurs in about 20% of women who are pregnant. Many in society think that pregnancy and having a baby is the happiest period of a woman’s life, when in fact women experience a whole spectrum of emotions during this time. Many have feelings of confusion, fear, stress and depression. During pregnancy hormone changes can affect the chemicals in your brain that are directly related to depression and anxiety.

OCTOBER 8, 2018

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Healio

Organisations are beginning to recognise the need to address maternal mental health - but research suggests they should view it as a marathon, not a sprint. Postpartum depression is a frequently overlooked issue, often passed off as 'the baby blues', or blamed on simple hormonal surges by those unfamiliar with its impact. It can be an extremely serious problem for both mothers and infants, and one that is negatively affecting nations attempting to improve their maternal health statistics.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

What Managers Should Know About Postpartum Depression

Harvard Business Review

Going back to work after having a baby is tricky stuff. After all, the new parent is simply not the same person they were before. This transition is challenging for almost every new parent, but for some it can become postpartum depression (PPD). This personal struggle, combined with a misguided workplace view of what a parent was actually doing on leave (no, they were not just lounging about and cuddling with their baby) add to a cultural disconnect.

JULY 26, 2018

Paternal depression almost as common as maternal postpartum depression

Healio

The prevalence of depression among fathers with children aged younger than 15 months has been understudied, but a research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that rates of paternal depression are comparable to the proportion of mothers who experience postpartum depression.

JULY 6, 2018

Postpartum depression is real, painful and treatable

The Seattle Times

Postpartum depression is a serious but treatable condition. About 1 in 9 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. This illness looks different for every mother, and like me, even moms with no history of anxiety or depression are vulnerable. Depression's many faces make it easy to mistake for something else. Most important is to notice if it doesn’t go away within a week or two of giving birth. There is hope after depression.

JUNE 29, 2018

Who should be screening moms for postpartum depression? More doctors now can

Austin360

In May the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that doctors offer more postpartum care for women by adding follow up within the first three weeks of delivery in addition to a comprehensive visit within 12 weeks of delivery. Part of that recommendation is a response to recognizing that symptoms of postpartum depression often happen before the traditional six-week checkup.

MAY 18, 2018

What is the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression?

TheHealthSite

One in five women who suffer postpartum mood disorders such as anxiety and depression do it in silence. Ten to 20 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression. But postpartum expert Carrie Banks says mothers keep quiet because of the stigma that hangs over mental health issues.