Description of Postpartum Depression

Barbara10Broek By Barbara10Broek, 22nd Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Discusses postpartum depression, its causes and its cures

Post partum Depression

Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields have engaging in a word war because of a type of depression, called postpartum depression. Cruise's and Brooke's debacle started when Tom Cruise openly disapproved of Brooke Shield's personal choice of taking prescribed medicines to cure her postpartum depression, when he was a guest on the Today Show. According to Cruise, who is a devotee of Scientology (they believe that we can be cured through natural means and that taking medicine is doing our body harm), Brooke Shields should have chosen to cure her postpartum depression by doing healthy exercises. He adding that a lot of people have been misinformed about depression and how to actually cure this common illness.

What is postpartum depression? We've heard about it often enough, yet are we really sure that we know enough about it for us to actually understand this illness to help ourselves as well as others? Being pregnant should really be a source of joy for everyone, especially the mother to be, who for nine months, will actually have living being grow from inside of her. Unfortunately, there is another side to this joyous occasion, being pregnant means that you and your body will have to get used to some adjustments to have a safe pregnancy. Smoking, alcohol, strenuous activities as well as stress should be avoided at all cost. A healthy baby means having a healthy mother as well.

Postpartum depression actually happens after childbirth. Although it's quite common and a lot of women have learned to how to deal with it as well as successfully treat it like Brooke Shields. Postpartum depression is depression, but only new mothers are the victims of this illness. There are actually a lot possible reasons why postpartum depression occurs:

Actual physical stress from giving birth is one of the reasons why postpartum depression occurs. Next postpartum depression can be triggered by massive changes is hormonal levels. A lot of moms-to-be who were hesitant about bearing a child are also more susceptible to postpartum depression, those who are not ready to be a mother yet are more easily to get depressed as opposed to happy and excited moms-to-be.

When postpartum depression happens, it is best to go to the doctor immediately. Aside from obviously having ill-effects for the new mother, postpartum depression can prove to be harmful to the child as well. New mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression may be harboring ill feelings toward their children. There are actually some cases of murder wherein postpartum depression has been cited as the reason. Mothers who suffer from postpartum depression may blame their child for their weight gain, thus feeling like they've become less attractive and unloved. It is really best to consult a reputable therapist to take care of your postpartum distress, your therapist may prescribe medications to help you handle postpartum depression as well as therapy sessions to help relieve whatever pent emotions that you may have.


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