Is alcoholism hereditary?

Number of studies has been conducted to find if our gene is the cause of alcoholism, yet there has not been a study that confirms it. Experts have conducted twin and adoption studies to reach this goal. However what was found was; genes or heredity is not the sole reason for alcoholism, along with it […]

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Impact of alcoholism on family

Alcoholism is a well known health hazard. It impacts the individual’s health, their social status, finance and mental health too. But along with these it also affects the abuser’s family. Man is a social being and is always connected to others; the closet among all is family. Hence the family is bound to get an […]

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Alcohol withdrawal Syndrome

Alcohol withdrawal Syndrome are a group of symptoms that are life threatening and occur when an individual completely stops consuming alcohol or greatly reduces their intake after a long period of alcohol intake. These symptoms may start from 8 hours to days after the individual stops and may last for day or even weeks. When […]

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Obsessive compulsive disorder-...

“An individual looking as normal as person can be, has an ordinary simple job and lives an ordinary life. But when it comes to having meals this individual has rules; the fork has to be on the right and spoon on the left straight, salt always on the right side of the plate, food has […]

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Effects of Alcoholism

Alcoholism is medically diagnosed as a disease that exhibits itself in the individual’s frequent use of alcohol irrespective of its negative consequences. Death due to alcohol abuse is over 100,000 and is in an ever increasing state; from accidents to organ failures the effect is far and reaching. Alcohol consumption affects the individual both mentally […]

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PPD can rob women of joys of motherhood, if left unattended

ppd fb image post-02Ask any mother about the joy and pangs of giving birth to a child and she would for sure tell you how fulfilling the experience has been! Post-birth, when the focus shifts to the newborn and celebrations surrounding the baby have you ever wondered that the mother might be suffering from PPD or Postpartum depression, a type of clinical depression that affects women after childbirth or sometime even before it?

Although there are some known risk factors associated with the PPD it is very seldom that we find there is sufficient awareness about its occurrence among women. Studies have shown that PPD can last through several months or sometimes even for years.

Factors likely to increase PPD risk

  1. Prenatal depression or anxiety
  2. Personal or family history of depression
  3. Moderate to severe premenstrual symptoms
  4. Maternity blues
  5. Birth-related psychological trauma
  6. Birth-related physical trauma
  7. Previous stillbirth or miscarriage
  8. Formula-feeding rather than breast-feeding
  9. Cigarette smoking
  10. Low self-esteem
  11. Childcare or life stress
  12. Low social support
  13. Poor marital relationship or single marital status
  14. Low socio-economic status
  15. Infant temperament problems
  16. Unplanned/unwanted pregnancy
  17. Elevated prolactin levels
  18. Oxytocin (also often referred to as “social hormone”) depletion

 

Symptoms to look for!

The symptoms of PPD may vary from feeling sad, low energy levels, disruption in eating and sleeping patterns, bouts of crying to anxiety and irritation. Many women experience self-limited, mild symptoms postpartum. However, when the symptoms are acute lasting over two weeks it is a clear sign of postpartum depression.

Studies have shown that about 1 to 2 per 1,000 cases of postpartum depression results in postpartum psychosis.

Hormonal changes

PPD is also often attributed to hormonal changes. At an emotional level postpartum depression can cause sleeplessness, anxiety about parenthood and infant caring, a feeling of loss of control over life, identity crisis. Support group, counseling and medication are helpful in the recovery process.

Cadabam’s Group has over 23 years of experience in treating people suffering from mild to severe degrees of depression.We have a team of psychiatrists, psychologists and healthcare professionals have the experience to diagnose and treat depression.

For any help related to depression you can reach out to: +91-97414-76476 or visit: www.cadabamshospitals.com

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