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Monday, April 13, 2009

Postpartum Blues

11:32 AM
Description

"Postpartum blues" is a mood disturbance experienced up to 70% of postpartum patients within 3-6 days after delivery.

Causes

# Blues are precipitated by progesterone withdrawal, which occurs with delivery of infant.

# Symptoms

# Anxiety
# Restlessness
# Extreme irritability
# Insomnia
# Weepiness
# Poor concentration
# Usually symptoms only last few hours to a few days and are mild


Psychological Examination

# Examination


Treatment

# These symptoms usually resolve without therapy within 10 to 15 days.
# Supportive treatment.
# The symptoms can develop into postpartum depression or psychosis, a severe condition that requires medical attention. If they do not resolve in 15 days, consult a physician.



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