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  • Interleukin- 1 beta is a protein that is linked to mediating inflammatory responses Monoamines are enzymes that help degrade neurotransmitters—in depression these are elevated and essentially hinder the happiness that neurotransmitters provide.
  • Postpartum Depression

    1. 1. POSTPARTUMDEPRESSION By: Autumn Triêu & Nai-Fen Su
    2. 2. During Pregnancy• Women that show anxiety and mood symptoms during their pregnancy are at increased risk for the “baby blues,” which can turn into postpartum if lingers.• “baby blues,” affect 70% of women for a shorter time period after labor. • Do not impair functioning
    3. 3. What is Postpartum Depression?• Postpartum depression happens after a female gives birth or up to a year after• Most of the time three months after delivery• Postpartum depression is moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth• about 85% of women experience a type of mood disturbance• but only 10-15% develop significant symptoms.
    4. 4. THE DSM DOES NOTCONSIDER POSTPARTUMDEPRESSION ASEPARATE DISORDER,but rather a type of mooddisorder categorized by amajor depressive episode.
    5. 5. Postpartum depression canaccompany mood disordercriteria like,Major depressivedisorder, bi-polar I/II,and psychotic disorder
    6. 6. Symptoms of Postpartum• Like most other diagnoses it has to interfere with daily functioning• Fluctuation in mood, mood lability, and preoccupation with infant well-being. • Ranges from over concern to frank delusion• The presence of severe ruminations or delusional thoughts about the infant is associated with a significantly increased risk of harm to the infant.• Women often have severe anxiety and panic attacks
    7. 7. Symptoms cont…• Agitation• Changes in appetite• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt• Feeling withdrawn or unconnected• Lack of pleasure or interest in most or all activities• Loss of concentration• Loss of energy• Problems staying on task• Thoughts of death or suicide• Trouble sleeping
    8. 8. Extreme Cases of Postpartum• death-infant,0,4178508.story• Psychotic episodes are characterized by command hallucination to kill the infant or delusions that the infant is possessed• Women with a history of mood disorders especially Bi-Polar 1 disorder have increased chance • 30-50% of women have a chance of reoccurrence with another birth • Even if a woman does not have a mood disorder, family linkage with a mood disorder can result in PPD
    9. 9. Causes Social Constructs and Biological Contextual Factors• Neurotransmitters • Socio-economic status associated with • How can I afford a baby? depression • Financial support• Interleukin-1 Beta • Cultural differences entering bloodstream • In Asian cultures women• Monoamine oxides are are expected to stay too high home for 2 months• Fluctuating hormone nurturing the baby levels
    10. 10. First time Fathers• Life style change • Role with partner and child • Sharing attention can lead to D&A use, social behavior and increased risk taking, and sexually deviant behavior • Stress at work (working longer hours) b/c wife is on maternity leave• Feeling physically separated• Emotional attachment during and after pregnancy• Planned or unplanned pregnancy• 10% of American fathers had symptoms of depression • Scarton, 2008
    11. 11. Affect on Child• It is suggested that child’s social and learning ability and cognition will be affected• Fathers with depression is thought to increase the likelihood that his children will act out or behave destructively• Mothers with depression is associated with decreased overall health and learning problems with a greater risk of depression
    12. 12. Edinbrough Postnatal Depression Scale• 10- item questionnaire that may be used to identify women who have PPD• A score of 12 or greater or an affirmative answer on question 10 (suicidal ideation) raise concern and indicate a need for more through evaluation
    13. 13. Treatments• Cognitive- Behavorial Therapy• Interpersonal Therapies• Electroconvulsive Therapy (Severe cases)• Anti-Depressants and other Mood regulators• Some women refuse to use pharmacological interventions because of breast feeding
    14. 14. Recommendations• Clinical evaluation for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders• Medication management• Consultation regarding breastfeeding and psychotropic medication• Recommendations using non- pharmacological treatments• Referral to support services within the community.
    15. 15. References• Chin, R., Daiches, A., & Hall, P. (2011). A qualitative exploration of first-time fathers experiences of becoming a father. Community Practitioner, 84(7), 19-19-23. Retrieved from• Whisman, M. A., Davila, J., & Goodman, S. H. (2011). Relationship adjustment, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(3), 375-375-383. doi:10.1037/a0023790• Cramp, A. G., & Bray, S. R. (2011). Understanding Exercise Self-Efficacy and Barriers to Leisure-Time Physical Activity Among Postnatal Women. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 15(5), 642-651. doi:10.1007/s10995- 010-0617-4• Dana Scarton. (2008, May 21). Postpartum Depression Strikes New Fathers, Too. US News and World Report. Retrieved July 27, 2011, from reproductive-health/articles/2008/05/21/postpartum-depression-strikes-new-fathers-too• David B. Merrill, & David Zieve. (2010, September 4). Postpartum depression.. Text, . Retrieved July 27, 2011, from• Davidson, J., Zhang, W., Connor, K., Ji, J., Jobson, K., Lecrubier, Y., McFarlane, A., et al. (2010). Review: A psychopharmacological treatment algorithm for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Journal of Psychopharmacology, 24(1), 3 -26. doi:10.1177/0269881108096505• MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health. (n.d.). Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders. Retrieved July 27, 2011, from• Rees, B. L. (1995). Effect of Relaxation with Guided Imagery on Anxiety, Depression, and Self -Esteem in Primiparas. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 13(3), 255 -267. doi:10.1177/089801019501300307• Sumner, L. A., Wong, L., Schetter, C. D., Myers, H. F., & Rodriguez, M. (2011). Predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among low-income Latinas during pregnancy and postpartum. doi:10.1037/a0023538• Whisman, Mark A, Davila, Joanne, & Goodman, Sherryl H. (2011). Relationship adjustment, depression, and anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(3), 375 -383.