Post Partum Depression comments from 9/16/06

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One of my nursing school classmates recently suffered a severe case of post partum depression after her delivery 6 months ago. Her depression was so severe she considered filing for divorce, quitting nursing school, and leaving a good job. Her Ob/Gyn’s Nurse Practitioner suggested a psych consultation and complete hormone evaluation. Lo and behold, her hormone levels were anything but normal. With professional medical intervention and psychological therapy, she is doing well. Thank God she had a great nurse who was truly a patient advocate and with her problem solving/forensic skills training, knew what to look for in post partum depression. Unfortunately, many new mothers don’t get the proper help they need.

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