Why do you need Mental Health ...

Every day we learn of suicide and individuals engaging in mass murder. Most of these individuals actually suffer from mental illness. From the youngest to the oldest all are at risk when it comes to mental illness. So what do we do in times like this? We provide Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First […]

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When does Psychological First ...

  The world is going through a crisis. From disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, traumatic events, ongoing discrimination towards sections of society, criminal activities etc. causes a large number of victims and affected family members of such victims undergo a major psychological breakdown. At times like this Psychological First Aid helps to prevent their health from […]

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Mental Health First Aid

In a first aid an injured person is given essential help until a professional medical treatment is given. The main aim of a first aid is to save life, prevent any kind of further harm, promote recovery and provide comfort. Mental health first aid (MHFA) does the same for individual developing mental health problems. Mental […]

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What are the other medical pro...

Dementia refers to a loss of mental function which compromises a person’s cognitive thinking. It results in declining memory and linguistic skill as well as behavioural changes. It is a progressive disease caused by brain damage. This means that the symptoms and effects will progressively worsen over time. The effects can range from physical or […]

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Say No to Cocaine in all forms...

We live in a world where taking cocaine is trendier than fashion. Its availability and use is not limited to a certain class of the society or an age group. The ‘Happening’ drug is easily available at the hidden corner of the street nearby. Whether it is to boost self-esteem or just succumbing to peer-pressure, […]

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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