Friday, January 19, 2018 | ePaper

One-fifth of women with postpartum depression keep silent

  • Print


Life Desk  :
Over 10-20 per cent of women experience significant mood disorders after childbirth, and those disorders can adversely affect the physical and emotional well-being of both mothers and children.
"Our study finds that many women who would benefit from treatment are not receiving it, because they don't tell anyone that they're dealing with any challenges," said Betty-Shannon Prevatt, clinical psychologist and doctoral student at North Carolina State University.
The study found that women who were unemployed, had a history of mental health problems or were experiencing severe symptoms were more likely to not to report to doctors. Conversely, women experiencing the highest levels of stress, as well as those with the strongest social support networks, were most likely to report their symptoms to healthcare providers.
For the study, published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the team conducted an anonymous survey of women who had given birth within the previous three years. Survey responses showed that 51 per cent of study participants met the criteria for postpartum mood disorders.
However, more than one in five of those who experienced these did not disclose their problems to healthcare providers.
"The study highlights the importance of support networks and the need to normalise the wide variety of reactions women have after childbirth," Prevatt said.
"We need to make it OK for women to talk about their mental health, so that they can have better access to care. Working with the people around new mothers may be key," Prevatt added.

More News For this Category

Intermittent fasting : A key to good health

Intermittent fasting : A key to good health

Life Desk :Fasting has been known to mankind since ancient times. Almost all the religions across the globe endorse fasting as a means to achieve spiritual goals and wellbeing

Caffeine level in blood may predict Parkinson's disease

Life Desk  :The findings showed that people with Parkinson's disease had significantly lower levels of caffeine in their blood than people without the disease, even if they consumed the

Women who do night shifts may be at risk of cancer

Women who do night shifts may be at risk of cancer

Life Desk :Long-term night shift work in women was associated with risk for nearly a dozen types of cancer. Breast, skin, and gastrointestinal cancer was associated with night shift

How you look in a dress you are yet to buy

How you look in a dress you are yet to buy

Life Desk  :Amazon has patented a reality mirror that lets you try on clothes virtually while placing you in a virtual location.The patent describes the mirror as partially-reflective and

Working on mobile devices from home may affect family life

Working on mobile devices from home may affect family life

Life Desk  :Too much office workload? Do not bring it home as it might spoil intimacy with your partner and affect your professional life too, a new study has

Paracetamol in pregnancy may damage your daughter's fertility

Paracetamol in pregnancy may damage your daughter's fertility

Life Desk  :Women who consume paracetamol during pregnancy, widely used to reduce a high fever or relieve pain, may increase the risk of damaging the fertility of their daughters,

Gender-based colours in toys can spur harmful stereotypes

Gender-based colours in toys can spur harmful stereotypes

Life Desk :Do you tend to buy only pink toys for your daughter, while keeping the blue toys for your son? Buying gender-based colours for your children can actually

Be a bad mom in 2018!

Be a bad mom in 2018!

Life Desk  :You are a mom and can't fix a healthy wheat cupcake for your kid and her friends in a jiffy? Don't have the perfect yoga body and

Healthy lifestyle in winter

Healthy lifestyle in winter

Life Desk  :The onset of winters can prove to be a health hazard if you are not following a nutritious diet, and a balanced lifestyle. So make sure you

Sleeping less than 8 hours a night can lead to depression

Life Desk  :Regular sleep disruptions can increase the difficulty in shifting attention away from negative thoughts. While other people may be able to move on from their negative thoughts,