Postpartem Depression Essay

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Community Awareness of Postpartum Depression Nicole Roberts Rasmussens School of Nursing Transitions Class Mrs. Vaughn- Kerns 11/29/2011 The purpose of the research topic I chose was to find out the extent to which people are aware of postpartum depression in the general population, so people can be aware of the symptoms and community resources that are available. Postpartum depression is a serious disorder and it is vitally important for postpartum women to have support when they are expecting to have postpartum depression. PPD is severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later. Most of the time, it occurs within the first three months after delivery. If left untreated, postpartum depression can last for months or years, and sufferers may be at risk of harming themselves or their baby. The potential long-term effects are the same as in major depression complications. It can most commonly be mistaken for the baby blues. Unlike the symptoms of the baby blues which are very normal and common for women to experience, PPD includes crying spells, irritability, sadness, and a since of feeling overwhelmed (Rondon, 2003). The difference is that PPD requires medical attention. PPD can have serious effects on the mother, infant, and family. The article states the women are reported to have between 26% and 85% of baby blue symptoms while PPD affects between 6.5% and 20% in the general population. (Beck,2002;Dennis,2004;Dennis&Creedy,2005;Gayneset al., 2005; Stowe,Hostetter,&Newport,2005;Verkerk,Pop, Van Son,& Van Heck,2003). However women who lack support can be more susceptible to PPD (partners, parents, family, and significant other), history of depression, or a recent immigrant. The population of participants was a random selection of adults 18 years and older

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