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Myths About Depression Postpartum

Introduction

Have you ever wondered what is true about Postpartum Depression?  Have you ever wondered what is false about Postpartum Depression?  This article will answer this particular question.  It will provide readers with the myths about Postpartum Depression.

Woman With PPD Are Sad And Cry Constantly

According to psychcentral.com, the first myth is woman with PPD are sad and cry constantly.  According to psych central, women with PPD have a tendency to have a low mood, anxiety and worry, disrupted sleep, being overwhelmed, and can also experience guilt that they are not enjoying motherhood.  According to psychcentral.com, Meltzer-Brody states this is a fact.  However, it can also be noted that there is not a one-size-fits all approach to treatment.  Therefore, to explain further, PPD can look different for many woman.  According to psychcentral.com, yes some women feel sad and cry all the time.  However, other women will feel numb, while others may feel irritable and angry.

PPD Occurs Within The First Few Months Of Childbirth

According to psychcentral.com, second myth associated with PPD is PPD occurs within the first few months of childbirth.  According to psychcentral.com, yes, according to Stone, it is common for some women to experience their symptoms after three or four months after childbirth.  However, on another note, postpartum symptoms are possible any time in the first year after birth.

Having PPD Is Somehow Your Fault

According to psychcentral.com, the third myth associated with PPD is having PPD is somehow your fault.  According to psychcentral.com, women have a tendency to blame themselves for having PPD.  On a further note, this leads to guilt over their symptoms.  However, it is important to remember that having PPD is not something someone chooses.  According to psychcentral.com, hormones are said to play a role in PPD development.  Women who are susceptible to developing PPD are likely to have fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone, which occur during childbirth.  It has also been indicated that a history of abuse and trauma also may play a role in women who have a genetic predisposition to developing PPD.

Conclusion

To end this article, three myths have been associated with PPD.  They include woman with PPD are sad and cry constantly, PPD occurs within the first few months of childbirth, having PPD is somehow your fault.  As stated in this article, these myths have been proven false.  If you have PPD, never be afraid to seek treatment or go to therapy.

 

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Myths About Depression Postpartum

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). Myths About Depression Postpartum. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 24, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/07/myths-about-depression-postpartum/

 

Last updated: 13 Jul 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Jul 2017
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