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 Depression  Holistic-online.com

Types of Major Depression

Postpartum Depression

This is a very frequent and completely normal consequence of childbirth. In normal cases, the depression wears off soon after the child birth as the hormonal and psychological systems get back on track. Unfortunately, some women develop a severe depression that begin in the weeks following delivery. It impairs their ability to mother the child and fall in love with it. This makes them feel even more depressed and inadequate thinking that they cannot be a good mother.

At the extreme, the postpartum depression may lead to dangerous delusions (worst of all, thinking the baby is in some way deformed or cursed) or hallucinations (that may command violent acts). This can occasionally culminate in a tragic episode of suicide and/or infanticide, or both.

Postpartum depression risk is high for:

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Women who have had depression after previous pregnancies

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Women who are prone to bipolar depression

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Women who have gone off antidepressant medication during pregnancy to protect the fetus from possible harmful effects.

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