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Indicators of Post Partum Depression

Causes of postpartum depression cannot be isolated.

sadnessPost Partum depression is a form of clinical depression experienced by women following pregnancy. It is differentiated from the frequent experience of the “baby blues” by its tendency to last a month or more after the end of pregnancy and by the severity of its symptoms.

The exact causes of postpartum depression cannot be isolated. Many researchers believe that the condition is spurred by a combination of factors including genetic traits and hormonal shifts in the body. Even though we may not know exactly what causes postpartum depression, recent research has evaluated a number of factors that tend to help in predicting a subsequent case of illness.

Note that these are indicators, or predictors, not causes. Their relationship with Post Partum depression is a matter of correlation, not causation. Nonetheless, they do give us an idea of who is most likely to experience the problem.

One of the strongest predictors is experiencing depression during pregnancy. Other statistically significant indicators include a measurably low sense of self-esteem, having experienced prenatal anxiety, and suffering from other significant life stressors.

This could lead one to conclude that Post Partum depression is most likely to affect those who are already candidates for a depressive disorder or who are already manifesting some of depression’s symptoms.

Other predictors of Post Partum depression include a lack of social support and a poor marital relationship, providing some reason to consider that the nature of one’s life is a key factor. That possibility seems even more likely when one notes that research has also flagged a low socioeconomic status and being a single parent as indicators of Post Partum depression.

Does this mean that everyone with a history of mental illness who happens to be poor and/or single will invariably experience some depression after childbirth? Not at all. Again, these are only predictors – their exact relationship to the illness is impossible to discern. What can be understood, however, is that these traits seem to be present in women who experience a severe and intensified version of the “baby  blues?”

Thus, any pregnant person who sees her current situation as being consistent with those predictors may want to learn more about postnatal depression and how to deal with it effectively. There is some chance that the disorder will never appear, but a life consistent with the predictors is more likely to attract the condition and preparation can help.

In time, the exact causes of the illness may be understood. That would certainly lead to superior treatment methods. Right now, however, we are left with an understanding that many women to experience the condition and that individuals exhibiting certain tendencies and life features are more likely to suffer from it. That evidence may not unlock the secrets of the disease, but it does give us some valuable information to evaluate when considering who is likely to suffer from PPD.

Dealing with Stress and Coping in the 21st Century

Modern day life is so fast paced that it leads to increasing episodes of stress.

It is quite common for each one of us to experience stress, be it the workplace or at home. While it is not possible to eliminate stress altogether, we can survive by changing our response to stressing and how we deal with it.

Nervous and StressedWhen you are constantly under pressure, not only are you facing mental strain, but your body also become dysfunctional and suffer physically. Stress might have antagonistic effects on your health and your general health might go south. You might be easily affected by hypertension, heart ailments and problems like diabetes, eating disorders, etc.

For this reason, it is essential to get pressure head on and deal with it and head to reduce stress levels. Let us now learn a few steps to help control and cope with stress.

Understand the Cause for Stress

Many people worry for anything and everything. Sometimes they do not even realize they are worrying and are getting stressed out. If you are feeling stressed, understand why you are feeling stressed. Sometimes the cause is so trivial that you will understand that you need not be stressed for that cause. So, by understanding the cause for stress, you may be able to eliminate the stress altogether.

Forget Your Worries

Sometimes it is essential to let go of everything and forget your worries. Find something else to do so that you are not worrying. Find time to pursue a hobby, go on a vacation, play a sport, sing if you can, etc are some of the ways that people try to eliminate stress and cope with it.

Do not fret about Things you have any Control Over

Some people are stressed because of some general occurrence such as a calamity, the traffic situation while driving, how your local team performed in the annual meet, etc. Understand that this is a situation where you have no say and avoid getting stressed due to such reasons.

Healthy Food Can Reduce StressEat Right

Stress can cause severe disturbances to eating habits. While some might skip meals altogether, others might tend to overeat. Eat right! This is essential to help you cope up with stress and be able to deal with it.

Exercise will help you relieve stress as this is a major stress buster. Not only will it help eliminate stress, it will also help you overcome problems associated with stress like hypertension, heart ailments, diabetes, etc.

In the course of our everyday life stress is a serious problem that each and everyone. It is possible to alter the way we react to stress and thus not get into many health problems that are associated with increased stress, although we cannot eliminate stress from our lives.

Anxiety Acupuncture – Fighting Hospital Anxiety

Acupuncture for Parents.

A recent study points toward a new way of fighting hospital anxiety acupuncture. The study used acupuncture around the ears of mothers of children undergoing surgical procedures and discovered that the process not only made things easier for the moms, but for the children, as well.Acupuncture Clinic

A relatively small test group of mothers whose children would be undergoing surgery in the site hospital was given an acupuncture treatment around the ear using small needles. The mothers later reported a significant reduction in their level of anxiety. Acupuncture did not just work for the moms. However, their relative calm and lack of worry had an impact on their children too.

A calm mother, it seems, tends to produce a less anxious child. This certainly appeared to be the case of the kids whose moms had underwent the treatment, they experienced far less anxiety. Acupuncture for their mothers allowed them to have a more relaxing and less stressful experience in the hospital and prior to surgery. Children often have an extremely difficult time, in terms of anxiety, with surgery. They experience all of the fears adults do but without the experience and knowledge that allow older people to approach the situation more calmly and rationally.

Scary Mental HospitaleThis finding is potentially significant for a few reasons. Initially, it demonstrates that there may be another weapon in the war against anxiety. Acupuncture seems to have a real impact on stress levels and holds out a great deal of potential for reducing anxious feelings and worries. The research is confirming the long held beliefs of many in Eastern countries whose civilizations have long practiced acupuncture and consider it a traditional part of their medicine.

Additionally, the surgical procedure can be improved by reducing anxiety.

Acupuncture for the parents made the surgical experience easier for the children. The reduction in pre-procedure stress and usually resulting crying and outbursts allowed those responsible for the children’s care to better concentrate on the surgical procedure and medical matters. Medical professionals could spend less time to take care of people on anxiety and more time on the surgery. Acupuncture for the parents of children slated for surgeries may be a brilliant idea for hospitals everywhere.

Finally, everyone agreed to take away the frightening and trying experience of the medical procedure since this would be a positive thing and, easier for children. If children, by calming parents, can have a less horrifying stay at the hospital and in preparation for surgery, it is beneficial, regardless of whether or not it dramatically assists healthcare providers.

The acupuncture process itself was relatively painless, featuring a handful of truly small needles placed around the ears. Most study participants were surprised that the remarkably small devices were able to have such a significant impact on their mindset and behavior.

The research, which was conducted by a physician at the Yale School of Medicine, shows us that there might be a relatively easy way significantly to reduce hospital waiting room anxiety: Acupuncture.

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