Post-Natal Depression Case Study

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4. Various risk factors associated with Post-Natal Depression There is no doubt that there are many risk factors that can increase the chance of Post-natal depression. Risk factors are aspects that tend to rise during the later stages or after pregnancy. These types of factors basically involve situational influences and various other influences in regard to affecting a particular mother and often like causes, there is a combination of factors that affected the mothers. They need to be inhibited or reduced, but in most cases, risk factors tend to increase the chance Post-Natal Depression. There are several risk factors that are able to affect a mother, of which not every mother will experience the same set of risk factors. According to…show more content…
Unplanned pregnancies constitute to the mother feeling more depressed as she now is expecting something she never intended to happen. Often, unplanned pregnancies may cause aspects like premature delivery and other complications, which bring more worry from a mother’s point of view. Unwanted pregnancies can often have a long term affect on mothers simply because the mother now has to look after a baby when she did intend to or expect to do so. Therefore, such a factor is regarded as high-risk when associated with Post-Natal Depression. In terms of the hormonal changes when giving birth, many hormones change in the body, thus triggering a greater chance of the mother suffering from Post-natal depression. WebMD (2013) states that oestrogen levels increase by up to fifty times that of the norm, then starts to return back to normal once the baby is born. Such changes often affect various outcomes thus increasing the chance to the mom suffering from this condition. Now, a big risk factor concerned is that of having a high expectation of motherhood. This perception often leaves mothers thinking and providing more stress onto them. As hormone changes are seen more as a cause (as mentioned on page 6), they too are a clear factor of affecting the outcome and severity…show more content…
Often women or mothers who have suffered in the past tend to think differently and are not on the same path as others – take for example mothers who suffer from bipolar disorder. Black Dog Institute (2013) states that in some mothers, there are short episodes of mood swings that take place, often resolved without treatment. Mothers who have a past history of a mood disorder worse enough to require treatment (counselling) are more prone of developing depression during pregnancy than a woman who hasn’t suffered previously. According to Mumsnet (2013), stressful life events often include the passing of a family member, loved one, unemployment, geographical isolation and so forth. Such instances can trigger depressive episodes in individuals with no previous history of a sudden life event or change Often these factors judge around the way in how a mother acts and becomes stressed, based on the situation at hand – triggers depression which can lead to post-natal

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