Just like common depressions that everyone may have, postpartum depression is a complex mix of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that happen in a woman after giving birth. Learn more about depressions below!

Meditation: A Magic Wand Against Stress

Being a parent can be stressful. There are constant demands on your time, finances, energy and attention. From sleepless nights with your crying baby to arguments with a stroppy teen, it just keeps on coming. Stress is bad for you as a parent and it’s bad for your child. ... read more »

Women's Health Guide: Topics A-Z

This women's health guide covers just about everything affecting the health of women: mentally, emotionally, and physically. ... read more »

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression in Fathers

Everybody has heard about new mothers experiencing postpartum depression after having a baby. But how about dad?  Are new fathers also experiencing the blues, too? ... read more »

Baby Blues Symptoms and Postpartum Depression

Suffering from a brief bout of mild depression is common for women who have just given birth. Some women will fight through the depression and come out within a few weeks feeling better than ever before. Other women will suffer from baby blues symptoms that lead to a deeper more clinical-style depression. ... read more »

Fish Oil Ineffective Treatment for Postpartum Depression

The Journal of American Medical Association has published a study claiming fish oil is an ineffective postpartum depression treatment, despite other studies finding the treatment to be highly effective. ... read more »

Mental Health Disorders During Pregnancy

Mental health is important not only during pregnancy but at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. ... read more »

Anxiety Disorders

The term anxiety disorder represents a family of mental disorders associated with fear and anxiety. When these feelings linger or are experienced with intensity, quality of life suffers. ... read more »

How to Manage Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy

Bipolar disorder is not a rare condition and there is no contraindication getting pregnant as long as you are under good medical care. ... read more »

The Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Differentiate between postpartum blues versus serious depression . ... read more »

Pregnancy Depression

Pregnancy is one of the happiest times in life, but 10-20% of pregnant women experience depression. ... read more »

Celebrity Wife Talks About Pregnancy and Anxiety

Danielle Jonas rose to fame in 2009 when she married Kevin, the oldest of the three Jonas Brothers; she talk about juggling everything while preparing for the arrival of their first child. ... read more »

Depression Assessment Tool

Answer these questions and this depression score tool will calculate your depression score and how severe the depression may be. ... read more »

SSRIs May Not Help Adults Who Had Early Life Stress

Unfortunately, SSRIs don’t work for everybody. Dr. Jeremy D. Coplan noticed SSRIs often don’t work on depression patients who had experienced early life stresses. ... read more »

What Can I Expect During My Pregnancy?

Many women wonder what they can expect during pregnancy. This is especially true of first-time mothers. Changes during pregnancy are physical and emotional. ... read more »

A Mother’s Depression May Affect Baby

Researchers have found a connection between depression in pregnant women and physical effects on infants. The effects noted include reduced muscle tone, increased stress hormones and neurological / behavioral problems. ... read more »

Losing a Baby Causes Years of Grief for Parents

A British research study reveals women take miscarriage hard for many years following the event. Despite the fact that many couples try for another pregnancy soon after miscarriage and stillbirth, with success in many cases, the mental effects of losing a child last for many years. ... read more »

Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

Why is it so hard to simply sleep with a newborn? ... read more »

Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Suffering from a brief bout of mild depression is common for women who have just given birth. Some women will fight through the depression and come out within a few weeks feeling better than ever before. Other women will suffer from baby blues symptoms that lead to a deeper more clinical-style depression. ... read more »

Paxil (Paroxetine) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Paroxetine (Paxil) during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Dealing with the Emotional Impact of Infertility for Women

Women who experience infertility go through a rollercoaster of emotional stress. While their male partners may also experience some emotional stress, it is different from and not as strong as the stress women feel. ... read more »

You're Pregnant, You're Friend Still Isn't. Now What?

Infertility is an emotionally isolating experience. Many women turn to support groups to find kindred spirits or find themselves drawn to another woman in shared social circles who is also experiencing infertility. ... read more »

A Bone Hormone May Influence Brain Development and Cognition

Researchers discovered that the skeleton exerts a powerful influence on brain development and cognitive function in unborn mice. Findings in mice studies could eventually lead to new approaches to the prevention and treatment of certain neurological disorders in humans. ... read more »

Role of Socioeconomic Status on Maternal Depression

Quality of life, for pregnant women and new mothers, can be affected by depression. Research also points to negative side effects on newborn growth and development when depression is an issue for new mothers. ... read more »

The Truth About Erectile Dysfunction

There are physical and psychological causes for erectile dysfunction (ED), though most cases are caused by physical conditions that restrict blood flow to the penis. ... read more »

New Technique Detects Depression in the Bloodstream

Researchers have discovered a marker in the bloodstream that can be measured by analyzing a simple blood sample. The marker is linked to a neural network in the brain that regulates self-reference. ... read more »

Maternal Depression Risk Greatest 4 Years After Childbirth

Researchers say the fourth year after delivering a baby are when the risk of maternal depression is highest of all. ... read more »

Pphubbing: Cellphones Wreck Relationships, Trigger Depression

Overzealous cellphone use “can undermine the bedrock of our happiness — our relationships with our romantic partners.” The researchers have even given the phenomenon a name: pphubbing. ... read more »

Critical Review of Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy

Depression happens before, during and after pregnancy, but conclusive research on the impact of untreated depression/anxiety versus the impact of antidepressants on pregnancy is not sufficient, according to researchers. ... read more »

Child Behavioral Problems and Prenatal Antidepressant Use

Depression is a condition that affects women of child-bearing age and may continue throughout pregnancy. Antidepressants have been pinpointed as a possible cause for concern regarding possible negative impacts on offspring. ... read more »

Prozac (Fluoxetine) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Prozac (Fluoxetine) during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Pregnancy Can Trigger Resurgence of Symptoms in Bipolar Women

Pregnancy can be a tricky time for women diagnosed with psychiatricdisorders but a new study indicates it's especially tough on womenpreviously diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD). ... read more »

Maternal Omega-3 Deficiency and Depression

DHA deficiency is thought to be associated with maternal depression. While DHA supplements could be used to treat the deficiency, there are reports that EPA is more effective at relieving depressive symptoms. ... read more »

Escitalopram (Lexapro) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Escitalopram (Lexapro) and pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Citalopram (Celexa) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Citalopram during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Lithium During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Lithium and pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe? ... read more »

Suicide Risk Among New Mothers and Soon-to-be Mothers

A very recent study published online in the General Hospital Psychiatry journal claims additional services may be needed by women who are pregnant and those who have just delivered a child. ... read more »

Review of Maternal Mental Health

The percentage of women suffering depression symptoms and other mental health issues during pregnancy and for the first year after giving birth has remained between 10% and 20% for the past 25 years. ... read more »

Do SSRIs Affect Infant-Mother Attachment?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are prescribed to up to 6% of pregnant women. The medications are prescribed to treat various forms of depression, including postpartum depression. ... read more »

SSRIs and Bleeding Risk During Surgery in Pregnancy

A new study suggests doctors need to be prepared for possible increased bleeding if pregnant patients give birth via C-section while taking SSRIs. ... read more »

Discontinuing SSRI Use in Pregnant Women

SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are used to treat depression and other mental health disorders. The drugs pose risk to the fetus via prenatal exposure. ... read more »

Does Depression During Pregnancy Cause Inflammation?

Researchers published a study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research. The study focused on a possible link between maternal depression, inflammation and pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Choline May Protect Baby for Life

Recently, researchers from Cornell University revealed another important piece of the pregnancy nutrition / fetal health puzzle. According to their research, choline consumption during pregnancy is directed related to the long-term health of the child. ... read more »

Multi-Studies Indicate SSRI Use Safe During Pregnancy

A class of drugs known as SSRIs brings relief to many people experiencing depression and anxiety but some doctors are hesitant to prescribe them for pregnant women. ... read more »

Infant Growth, SSRIs and Maternal Depression

Use of SSRIs during pregnancy to treat maternal depression has been shown to positively impact maternal quality of life during pregnancy and postpartum period, in previous studies. ... read more »

Can Discrimination Cause Lower Birth Weight?

Researchers, scientists and doctors have established a solid link between depression and lower birth weight. A new study by researchers at Yale University claims discrimination can also cause low birth weight. ... read more »

Unfamiliar Nutrient Holds Promise for Newborn’s Health

Folic acid, calcium, iron, vitamin B12: it's likely that all of these nutrients ring a bell with pregnant women when it comes to the topic of nutrition, but another nutrient that may not come to mind is just as important and is the focus of exciting new research. ... read more »

Depression During and After Pregnancy

Many women express surprise that pregnancy symptoms aren't what they'd expected. Some express surprise at frequent nosebleeds, fuller hair, trouble sleeping, and other incidents never before experienced or anticipated. ... read more »

First Five Years of Fatherhood Risky for Depression

The study finds that young men, especially those that live in the same home as their new baby, are at significant risk of developing depression during the first five years of fatherhood. ... read more »

Roseroot: Natural and Effective for Depression

The results of the study found roseroot to be almost as effective in treating mild to moderate major depressive disorder (MDD) but with far fewer adverse side effects that turn patients away. ... read more »

Supporting Your Wife Through Infertility Treatment

It's no secret that going through infertility treatment can be stressful for a couple. That being said, there are a lot of things that you can do to make the process a little easier on your partner. ... read more »

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