Postpartum Depression: Anger should be incorporated into screening

Christine Ou, a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, argues for the concept of anger to be included in screening for postpartum depression.

To prevent a return of diaper, it is now well established that it is necessary to monitor the postpartum mood. To do this, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is used to screen for depressive or anxious feelings in mothers. "We know that mothers may be depressed and anxious during the postnatal period, but researchers have not really paid attention to anger so far," says Christine Ou, PhD student at the University of British Columbia. British.

The anger of new moms can have multiple causes

In his recently published study in BirthShe further explains, "It is recognized that being both angry and depressed worsens the intensity and duration of postpartum depression, which can have many negative effects on the mother, the child and the mother. relationship between parents ". As a result, the scientist believes that the notion of anger should be incorporated into the screening for postpartum depression.
Through her psychiatric analysis, Christine Ou explains that the anger of new mothers can have many causes. She cites the feeling of powerlessness, the gap between reality and the expectations of motherhood and the feeling of being abandoned, which is often rooted in the relationship with the spouse, the family or the nursing staff. "Mothers can also feel judged constantly, when they choose not to breastfeed, for example," says Christine Ou.

The question of the egg and the hen

Sociologically, the analysis notes that the expression of anger is not accepted in many cultures, especially among women. The doctors in charge of the evaluation of the postpartum depressions would not have thus integrated the notion of anger because of the social molds. There remains the question of the egg and the chicken. "In postpartum depression, we do not necessarily know what happened first - depression or anger - but in any case, we should better look at whether mothers are angry after giving birth," says Christine. Or.
Her thesis advisor concludes, "We know that children who are exposed to their parents' anger or depression are at greater risk of developing emotional problems." This new research indicates that it is important for health professionals and researchers are studying maternal anger during the postnatal period, in order to understand and manage this risk. "

One in five women would not be treated

Postpartum depression affects between 10 and 15% of women. This is not the baby blues, which appears and disappears in the first two weeks after delivery, but a real depression that takes place between one and two months later. It can last several months, or even one or two years. According to the results of a study conducted at the University of North Carolina State (United States), and published in the journal Maternal and Child Health Journalone in five women would not be treated.

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