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Ozark Guidance Center: Postpartum Depression

If you are a new mom and think you are suffering from postpartum depression, take a few moments to learn the facts
If you are a new mom and think you are suffering from postpartum depression, take a few moments to learn the facts:

Postpartum depression is a real diagnosable illness listed in the ICD-10 Disease Classification Manual that is used by physicians throughout the United States. It can affect anyone. Famous actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Brook Shields have publicly discussed their challenges with postpartum depression.

The symptoms of postpartum depression include symptoms similar to traditional depression such as low or sad mood, loss of interest in fun activities, changes in eating, sleeping and energy, and feelings of hopelessness, guilt or shame. But there are other symptoms particular to postpartum depression, such as--
  • Trouble sleeping when your baby sleeps (more than the lack of sleep new moms usually get).
  • Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby.
  • Feeling inadequate or guilty about not being a good mom, or ashamed that you cannot care for your baby as well as you would like.
According to a 2008 Center for Disease Control (CDC) survey, 11% to 20% of women in 17 different states reported having frequent postpartum depressive symptoms. Postpartum depression can last up to a year after birth of the child.
Besides seeing your doctor, other things which help relieve postpartum depression are:
  • Therapy
  • Alternative medicines, herbal remedies and dietary supplements
  • Support groups
  • Exercise
  • Stress Management
  • Sleep
  • Spending time with others
  • Making time for yourself
  • Medication

If you or someone you know might be suffering from postpartum depression, contact your doctor for treatment options.

Tom Petrizzo serves as CEO of Ozark Guidance and has degrees in social work and law. You can reach Ozark Guidance at 479-750-2020. Tom has spent the last 20 years managing non-profit centers in Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas. He has also served as adjunct faculty at the social work graduate program at three large universities.

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