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Colleen McGough 11/18/10 Dr. Toni Bisconti Developmental Psychology Fall 2010 Media Portfolio Chapter 3 Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression is a very serious issue that could happen to any woman who has just given birth. In an article by Rick Nauert, he gives statistics claiming that postpartum depression is the “most common complication of childbearing, affecting 13 percent of mothers.” Studies have shown that a brain protein called monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) is much higher in healthy women after they give birth. Nauert goes on to explain that MAO-A eliminates serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps people to maintain a normal mood, therefore an increase in MAO-A would make the patient more
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Unformatted text preview: likely to suffer depression. This research to better understand the physiological aspects of postpartum depression is key to possibly ending the post-delivery blues. In chapter three, Prenatal Development and Birth, there is a section on page 104 that briefly touches on the subject of postpartum depression. Most of what is written in the book about postpartum depression is just a very basic overview and does not go into detail about the physiological causes. The article however, while also brief, sheds light on the research to discover what exactly causes postpartum depression and explains the effects of MAO-A....
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