- baby blues
What is going on in the body?
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
- early hospital discharge after childbirth
- history of severe
- lack of support system
- marital problems
- previous history of
- traumatic birth experience
What can be done to prevent the condition?
- Ask family and friends to help with cooking or housework.
- Get adequate rest, nutrition, and emotional support.
- Get regular exercise.
- Set aside some personal time.
- Sleep when the baby sleeps.
How is the condition diagnosed?
- Are you experiencing difficulty sleeping?
- Do you feel anxious, tense, or panicked much of the day?
- Do you find yourself crying uncontrollably for unexplained reasons?
- Is it difficult for you to concentrate?
- Are you filled with self-doubt and lacking in self-esteem?
- Have you experienced sudden changes in appetite?
- Are you feeling totally exhausted and lacking in enthusiasm for things that once seemed pleasurable?
- Do you feel more distant from your spouse or partner?
- Do you often feel helpless, hopeless, and unable to cope?
- Are you overly concerned about the health of your baby, constantly worrying about what could go wrong?
- Do you feel like most days you are out of control or going crazy?
- Do you ever think of hurting yourself or your baby?
Long Term Effects
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
- aggressive feelings toward the baby
loss of appetite
- loss of pride in personal appearance and home
- withdrawal from others
What are the risks to others?
What are the treatments for the condition?
- increasing the woman's ability to function in daily life
- lowering the risk of
- making the woman feel better
The following types of medications are used to treat depression:
- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including paroxetine HCl (i.e., Paxil, Pexeva) and fluoxetine HCl (i.e., Prozac, Serafem)
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as phenelzine sulfate (i.e., Nardil) and tranylcypromine sulfate (i.e., Parnate)
- other antidepressants, such as nefazodone (i.e., Serzone) and venlafaxine (i.e., Effexor)
- tetracyclic antidepressants, such as maprotiline HCl and mirtazapine (i.e., Remeron)
- tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), including amitriptyline, nortriptyline HCl (i.e., Aventyl, Pamelor) and desipramine HCl (i.e., Norpramin).
- accepting help when it is offered and designating where help is needed
- arranging for relaxation time
- decreasing concern with appearances, such as a tidy house
- getting plenty of sleep and rest
- including others in care of the newborn when possible
- setting priorities for task, such as household tasks
What are the side effects of the treatments?
constipation dizziness drowsiness dry mouth nausea
What happens after treatment for the condition?
How is the condition monitored?
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