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Running Head: POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION 1 Postpartum Depression Roxane Bennington Danelle Botts Rasmussen College Maternal Child Health NUR2633LL Instructor Penny Menke Oct 22, 2019
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Postpartum Depression 2 Bringing new life into the world can bring a variety of emotions. Some of the typical responses can be joy, anxiety, excitement, and fear, but one they do not talk about much is depression. Both new moms and new dads can experience postpartum depression; it is not just limited to new moms. Postpartum depression is different than experiencing the “Baby Blues” Baby Blues is something most new moms experience and can last from just after birth to a few weeks. Postpartum depression is also different than postpartum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis is rare and usually happens within the first week after birth. Baby Blues is common and last few days to a week or two after the birth of the baby, some of the signs and symptoms may include mood swings, anxiety, sadness, irritability, crying, feeling overwhelmed, trouble sleeping and change in appetite. (Mayo Clinic 2019) Postpartum Depression is often mistaken for Baby Blues, but it lasts longer, and the symptoms are more intense. Symptoms can begin a few weeks after the birth or even up to a year after. Symptoms may include depressed mood, severe mood swings, excessive crying, difficulty bonding with your baby, withdrawing from family and friends, change in appetite, change in
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