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Postpartum Depression 101

Photo Courtesy of https://www.fix.com/blog/post-partum-depression-and-you/ By: Jonathan Kistner Follow me on Twitter @JonAshKis One of the happiest moments in a woman’s life should be having her baby. The term,  Joys of Motherhood, exists for a reason, right? Though bringing home a new baby can usher in many wonderful experiences, it can also be an extremely stressful time. Research shows that as many as 85% of mothers may experience the postpartum blues a few days or weeks after giving birth. The baby blues are considered a mild, brief stint of depression that's likely to be short term. Another scary statistic is that as many as 20% of new moms experience a more severe form of depression. Postpartum Depression (or PPD) is more than the blues. It can interfere...

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Removing The Stigma of Postpartum Depression

Photo Courtesy of Forsyth Family Magazine By Jonathan Kistner Follow me on Twitter @JonAshKis Postpartum depression doesn’t discriminate. Women of any socioeconomic status, age, or race can be affected by it. Some reports indicate you may be more susceptible to postpartum depression if you have a family history of depression. Yet, there is no one cause for PPD. Physical, emotional and lifestyle stressors are often considered to be triggers. THE STIGMA Back in 1999 the U.S. Surgeon General considered stigma to be one of the chief obstacles to mental health care. Many of us know that stigma sets people apart in a negative way, forcing them to be “the others” or different. When a person is labelled solely by their illness, they are...

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